I’ve been reading Oprah’s book recently, it’s called “What I Know For Sure” and it’s filled with short essays about what she’s learned in life and what she knows for sure about certain topics, Compassion, Connection, Love, for example. One thing I know for sure is that when you have nobody else to turn to, you will always have yourself. If you are a person that is completely in-touch with yourself, your personality and your inner thoughts, you know exactly what you have to do to in any situation. Other people in life are just there to guide you on the right path so that you know you’re not making the wrong decisions and it’s up to you to take it or leave it.
Oprah states in her book that you always know the right decisions in life, you just need to really sit down with your thoughts and think about what you want to do. Weigh up the pro’s and con’s if that’s easy for you, write it out, really consolidate your feelings and think about what it is you have to do, whatever it may be. This is something i’ve come to learn about many people i’ve met in life, those people that respond to questions you ask about themselves and they say “I don’t know”. Those are the people that aren’t quite there yet. They aren’t at peace with things in their life and they haven’t really given things a proper thought. For me, when I decided that I wanted to write, I knew that I could talk a lot, everybody knew. I knew that when I was just a young kid still in school, all I needed to do was hone it into a skill, a craft, a talent and make use of it.
I always knew that I wanted to do something with writing or talking, so my first career path was teaching English in schools but I knew I didn’t have the patience for children. After that, I knew that I wanted to travel the world, meet intelligent people, meet people with personalities i’ve never encountered to learn what people are really like outside of my town. Put one and two together, you get Journalism. I want to talk with people from all walks of life, really understand how complex the human race is, learn about things that matter and then share peoples stories on a platform which can reach distances these people couldn’t do by themselves. Journalism, television, radio.
I knew I wanted to be a Journalist by about age 15, I chose my A-Levels based on Journalism: English Language, Media Studies and Psychology and then Journalism at University. I knew that education was the only thing I was good at, so I stuck at it and got a degree out of it and now i’m slowly making my way into the media industry. This is how I knew that I was in-touch with myself, my thoughts and my desires. This is how I knew that when I don’t have anybody else, I KNEW, that I could count on myself.
To a lot of people, this sounds very self-centered but I believe self-centeredness is a good thing, it means you know what you want and you aren’t afraid to let people know about it. It’s how you tell people which determines what they think of you, always stay humble.
What i’m trying to say is, if you feel like if somebody asked you a question about what you want and you’d reply “I don’t know”, you’re still on the quest to finding yourself. Luckily for me, I found that at 15, i’ve been so sure of myself for 6 years. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I know that I need guidance from other people and some of my decisions have been wrong but life goes on and things get better.
When you become sure of yourself as a human being, you’d be so surprised about how much you achieve.