Where do you go in life? Left or right? What if neither of the two paths fit you, then what? A pat that worked for one person doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Some don’t realize this until they’re far down a path not meant for them, then they struggle to find their own. As you grow up, you’ll learn things about yourself that will aid you in figuring out what you want to do with your life. As you grow up, many paths will fall before you. You’re not obligated to pick any of them if they don’t fit you. You’re strong enough and bold enough to create your own way.
It’s easier to follow in the steps of someone else. It consists of less negative comments by outsiders looking in because they’ll see that you’re following what others are doing and have nothing to criticize. It’s simply easier to do because those before you premade the direction you’re going. But, years down the road when you’re on your own, you’ll find that you’re dissatisfied with where the path has led you, and that you feel like something is missing.
It’s also easier to fall into a path not meant for you when you’re lost. Maybe you’ve moved to a new town and are friendless. Those who make an effort to talk to you and recruit you into their group quickly become your best friends and, without you noticing, their paths become yours—whether good or bad.
It’s not necessarily bad to fall into the path of others. Maybe there are aspects of a person’s path that appeal to you, though the entire way isn’t meant for you. You should take bits and pieces from others to form your own unique way if that’s the case. This is something a lot of people do. Whether it’s a life motto a person uses, or common decisions they make, if they appeal to you and seem to be beneficial, then take a chance to incorporate it into your lifestyle. God placed other people in our life as role models and leaders, so let them lead you when fitting.
If you’re doing something that makes you warm on the inside—something that gives your purpose, then you’re headed down the right path.
Your path could be anything. The path you choose could apply to your choice of friends, the college you attend or your career. When you’re searching for the path that belongs to you, you must be bold. Because your parents are doctors doesn’t mean you have to become one. Because your friends go out all the time, whether it’s partying or simply going to the bowling alley to hang out, doesn’t mean you’re obligated to come along. Because your older sibling went to a prestigious private college doesn’t mean you have to follow. This is your life, your destiny.
How do you know you’re headed down the right direction, or down the path God designed for you? Well, how do your actions make you feel? If you’re doing something that makes you satisfied and comforted on the inside—something that gives you purpose, then you’re headed down the right path. When you’re in school and your teachers discuss a topic that suddenly sparks a fire in you, resulting in you going above and beyond to learn more about it, then you’re being lead in the right direction. How you know where you’re at in your path is rooted in the results of your actions. If something you’ve done helps you and potentially helps others, you’re on the right track. If what you do is good and pure, then continue to go in that direction. However, if your actions help you, but overall hurt others, then that’s not a path you should follow. Whether what you’re doing is something that’s learned over time or comes naturally to you, you’ll instinctively know if it’s right for you. Listen to your instincts – often they’re leadings from the Lord, and He will never misguide you.
God gave you this life for a reason. If you’re blindly following someone else’s footsteps, then you won’t be fulfilled. Nor will you be satisfying the goals God planned for you. It’s okay to branch out and do what makes you happy. You must be willing to try new things, but strong enough to say “no” to things that would do you more harm than good.