Why did I quit College ?

May 12, 2017

 "Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." (H.Thurman)
 It all started that day when my phone rang. I was in my art class at the time. I stopped drawing to pick up my phone and read. It was an email from an exchange program:
“Camp America: Congratulations – you’ve been placed!”

That day everything changed for me. I believe we all have a few moments like that in our lives. When you need to decide. Am I going to hop on that train? Or am I going to let it leave?

But then your mind starts racing. Trying to think “rationally”. Doubts and fears arises. “It’s not a good idea to leave now, you are going to fail your exams.” “You need to finish university before doing anything else.”, “What is everybody going to think if you just go travel without any degree after four years of wasting your time in college trying things ?”.

But often we forget that even if all those thoughts start to make us doubt in our decision process, we also need to listen deep down, into our hearts.

The truth lies within. It always does.

I realized eventually, that I was actually going to be able to do what I’ve always wanted to do: Travel and create my own lifestyle.

You see, like a lot of us, I thought getting a degree was the only way I was going to learn and make it somewhere in life.

I thought there was just one or two ways to live and that was it. And that’s why I felt so stuck.But what if you want to create your own life differently than everybody else's? What if none of those ways makes you happy and enable you to express yourself completely?

So I decided to take that train. Even if had just enough money to support myself for one month in the United States, I left. I took two jobs and I left. I left my apartment, my friends, my family and finally university.

It is scary to drop everything and make a bold move that sometimes doesn't make sense even to you, I agree. But,

Sometimes you need to make a bold move to advance towards the grandest version the universe has for you. (Oprah Winfrey)

As cheesy as it may sound.

I wanted to write this post not only for those who want to live a life free of suffering and full of happiness. I wanted to write this post for those awaken people out there.

The brave, the hard workers who want to learn by themselves and experience life on their terms.

Education has its benefits to an extent. We all need tools to live a decent life.
But education and university, today, for some of us feels more like a place here to mold us than a place where we get closer to ourselves and to the world.

Don’t give me wrong, it’s not about who is right and who is wrong. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. And we are all here for different reasons.

But what I’m trying to say is that deciding to take that risk, going travelling around the world, quitting that job, leaving college without finishing, going back to college, starting your business without any money, whatever risk you are taking. You are brave enough to follow your guts and take action.

Where you are deciding to create the possibility to get out of the traditional path and open new doors.
Like a wise woman said to me once :

“In a world where everyone has to be the same, those who dare to be themselves and think outside the box, they are the ones that will make great changes in this world."

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