College is the answer, they say
For my entire life I’ve been directed by society’s game plan: Make good grades, go to college, get a job, and then life will be golden. So that’s what I did…..I graduated high school, graduated college…..but the job part? Didn’t exactly work out for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not regret a day of my education because I would not have gained the experiences and knowledge that made me who I am today. I also would not have made the network connections that I have today. What I DO regret was not sitting back and really thinking about what I want to do for the rest of my life, and how I can start working on it from HS graduation. My “society” plan was always to go to school for accounting, work for the Air Force or some great company as the Chief Financial Officer, and retire from that company when I’m old and crusty. However, after going through college, seeing some of my friends create their own businesses, and finding myself in a whole new network of friends, I started thinking “Why can’t that be me?”
Every decision I’ve made, even going through my undergrad, I prayed about it.
Soon after I started realizing, the key to my success is not neccessarily what society wants for me,but what I want for me, what God wants for me. I’ve spoke with some friends about their situations and it seems as if we’re in the same situations, feeling stuck.
Now, some may say, joining the Armed Service is the easy way out. Ummm, last time I checked I raised my own hand to join. Benefits and travel may have encouraged me to stay in the service but it isn’t what drives me to serve people; it’s that intrinsic feeling of bringing joy to someone, big or small. While I served the people, I did however continue to find out what drives Rae, that’s me. Military doesn’t define me, it was simply a part of me.
This is what brought me to this blog. I want to provide advice, tips and my knowledge for the encouragement to women of color from high school on up, pursuing the corporate, entrepreneurial route.I know that in today’s society, materialistic things can drive us. There is nothing wrong with that nor do I knock it. I want us all to continue to find out what drives you. Even if that means starting your own music project, become a personal trainer to encourage a healthy lifestyle or a become lawyer to fix our system. I want to be able to share information, encourage you to analyze your options and build together by uplifting those young women of color to act. There would be no success, if there is no ACTION. It’s our time to stop accepting average, and start making our success inevitable.