One of my protegé asked me how I knew what I wanted to do in life. And what led me to where I am now. She said she was interested in working with bears and how could she get into that. whenever I answer questions like this I use the analogy of the oak. When you decide that you want to go to a certain goal, you focus on the road ahead. The road is like the tree trunk.
But along the way you may take different paths to gain experience and to network and pursue your interests. These paths are like the branches. Some of these are longer than others. It doesn’t mean you have lost your focus, it means you are getting experiences along the way. Some of the longer ones may stop you a little. You may stay at the end of that particular branch and explore for awhile. When you finally get to your goal, you are confident, experienced, and have learned many things you can use at the end.
Or, maybe you even decide you want to go back and pursue something you never thought you’d want. The tree has many, many possibilities, and large and small branches, much like life. So please explore your tree so you may get to the top and branch out yourself!
Contributed by Pattik Singingbird K., Wheeling, IL