One Step Closer

Every step we take is another step closer to meeting a goal, arriving somewhere we’ve been striving to see, another moment in time that we meet our challenges. I see many people who take each day as a step closer to achieving something more significant. Let me give you all a prime example. Twenty years ago, our society was beginning to envision a more Jetson-like future. Those born in the sixties and seventies grew up with a metamorphosis of technological changes. We started with rotary phones and graduated to cordless phones and then to cell phones. Each round of growth has produced better quality, more options, enhanced applications, and brands available to the masses. Technology has become more affordable for people, and with that option, we have benefited. Technology has allowed us to become one step closer to an automated society.

In many ways, this is a scary concept. We have many generations that don’t know how to apply necessary mathematical skills because they have had the technology to tell them the answers. Part of this is not the younger generation’s fault. Computers and technology have become geared to help everyone produce better resources and information than we’ve ever had. It allows people who may have disabilities to live life more comfortably than someone with no resources. Infectious diseases are finding cures and treatments due to people making strides every day by taking their knowledge one step closer.

Think about newborns. As they grow, they start taking steps. Our lives are the same principle. We are all one step closer than where we were the day before. Sometimes we all feel like we are falling behind rather than moving forward, but the truth is that every day we take a step in any direction is a gift.
Five years ago, I had a decision to make that I wasn’t sure what the right direction was going to be. I have a Bachelor’s Degree that I didn’t feel helped me get to where I wanted to be in life. I had an ample amount of education and experience that should have equated to better professional success than it appeared. I chose to go back to school. Every course I took was one step closer to certification. The downside was that I had to learn primarily in a self-taught way. I enrolled in a community college and had virtual courses with instructors. To their credit, they helped any way they could, but online learning isn’t easy. Many people are finding this out with their children. It takes concentration and initiative to make online courses challenging yet easy to comprehend. Many systems are becoming designed this way.

Anytime we change our lives, we have to remember that the steps we embark upon creating opportunities. We are all like kids trying to find our footing. Many people know exactly where they want to be out of life, and bravo to them. But many others struggle. And it’s through those struggles that we all grow from our mistakes and challenges. If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t change a thing. The steps I took were not the best choices in life, but they gave me an impression of what was possible out of life. For that, I’m eternally grateful to be stubborn and hard-headed.

My hope for each of you is that you can stay focused on what your dreams are. Have goals and map out what steps you need to take to get there. You can create a bucket list for your life without being ready to kick the bucket in lots of ways. Every time you achieve those steps, come out with other steps you can take. Build on those steps so you can create the days, months, and years that you want without sacrificing yourself to the negativity around you.

Most importantly, know your worth. We all have people in our lives that knock us off our steps. What’s important is that we gain our footing and keep moving. When we stop moving forward, we are bound to become stagnate. Something tells me that many of you want more out of life than where you currently are. Don’t be afraid to take those steps forward. As long as you move forward in a positive direction, you will be amazed at the opportunities you will find. After all, you will never get where you want to go if you are apprehensive about trying. Have a great day, everyone.

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