Reflecting on What is Important to Me-Nicholas Bowens

By Nicholas Bowens on September 02, 2013
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The first half of school has pretty much come and gone, and life after high school is extremely close. Lately, I have been contemplating my life and all of its obstacles.

I have been putting into perspective everything that I do to see if it will benefit my future. The real world comes with so many different obstacles and decisions; I know I must at least have an outline of how I want my life to be.

To prepare for life after high school, I prioritize first by looking at what is most important to me and the rest falls together like a puzzle. Not doing so puts me in the wrong state of mind and keeps me disorganized. 

Finding my passion

I do not want to spend the rest of my life doing something I don’t like to do, so enjoyment is probably the single most important objective I consider when determining what is the best fit for me. I really don’t want to spend the next 50 years or so doing something that makes me miserable, brings me a lot stress or is boring.

I’m taking advantage of my senior year to truly figure out what I enjoy doing by getting involved and doing many different things. That comes with a lot of consequences, like not having a lot of free time, little sleep and lots of dedication.

Having a jam-packed workload means I have to give up some things I like to do that are less important. But those are things and risks I have looked at and decided I am willing to take. 

Desire to help others

Growing up, I have seen and heard many different life stories. Unfortunately, the majority of them were not good ones. Knowing that I am in a position which enables me to help others in need of assistance is a must.

I believe the only way I can achieve that is to continue my education after high school by going to college. College opens up so many doors and opportunities, that if you really think about it, it’s unimaginable.

I have realized that assisting others is a very hard, demanding and timely task. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice, but the feeling I receive, and less importantly the recognition I get, after helping someone is amazing.

Helping often seems very challenging to me because I feel like no one around me wants to do the same. But that is completely fine. I am not going through life trying to follow or do what the majority is doing. In fact, I am trying to do the exact opposite.

I want people to see that what I am doing is something positive and, hopefully, they will decide on their own to join in simply because it is the right thing to do. 

The value of education

Every human being goes through life and lives it for a certain reason and, for me, it is my values. I know if I didn’t have such high standards for certain things, I wouldn’t be in the place where I am today.

I’m not saying I’m living “the life” because I’m not, far from it actually. But one day I will be there.

The majority of things I value you have to work your whole life to achieve. For example, I value my education. At times, I felt like not going to school when things got hard or even when I just didn’t feel like getting out of bed. But I continued to push through.

Education has such a high value for me because I know what’s possible with it, and those possibilities are endless.


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