If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
~ Milton Berle ~
You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.
~ Bruno Mars ~
I’ve been doing a lot of pondering and thinking of late. Sometimes, it drives me batty at how much I ruminate. I can scare myself to death. Well, I’m kidding here because obviously, I’m still alive. Borrowing trouble doesn’t do you any favors but being proactive may do some good.
I stopped at a gas station one day many years ago. The man tending the cash register was a guy I knew from a Christian Student Union I frequented in my early college days. He graduated and left a year or so before I dropped out of college back in 1987. I was surprised to see him behind a cash register. He tried hard to find a job in the career he wanted, gave up and ended up working at a gas station. He worked hard and eventually became the manager of that gas station.
Life doesn’t always bring you what you sought. A college degree doesn’t always guarantee you the job and career you want. You can pursue something with all your might and never get to achieve the ends. The door is closed to you.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my own life. What would I do should there ever be the need for me to bring home the bacon. I absolutely have no clue.
I’m pursuing the things I love doing. I’m working hard at what I set out to do. But, could I make a career out of writing? photography? At this moment, I’d say no. And, my college degree may be worthless considering I haven’t kept my foot in the door of the programming world.
Some days I get to ruminating and borrowing trouble when none exists. I get to be filled up with anxiety, worry, and concern about the future. I have no skills to speak of and that is scary. What will I do? What do I want to do? How can I get prepared in case I need to force a door open in a harsh world?
It’s not as simple as asking. Yes, God will help and guide you; but, you can’t expect it to fall into your lap doing nothing. You have to do the work and keep seeking for openings and knocking on all the potential doors.
Even after all that, I may have to build a door of my own. This final scenario scares the crap out of me. But, it is also what I think will happen most. Could I be my own boss, work hard and be successful? And, what would I be doing?
FYI: I did return to the University 2003 part-time and graduated in 2006 with a BS degree in computer science.
Note: I desperately do not want to return to the rat race. Society may be different now than back in the 90s. They may be more accommodating and accepting of a person with an extreme hearing loss. I honestly do not know. The ADA requires employees to not discriminate against the deaf and disabled. However, I dislike forcing a company to accommodate my needs just so that I can work. I rather that they want me to work for them. I sometimes secretly wish the company Dan works for had internships. His company is an awesome company to work for. I’d most likely take a chance, and even do it for free, just to see what it’s like out there today.
Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
~Jesus Christ, Matthew 7:7~