Go For It!

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The unfortunate part of life is that we won’t always know how things will end up.  In fact, it’s almost impossible to predict how something is going to go no matter how planned out your decisions may be simply because there are so many unknown factors that can come into play.  You won’t always have the reassurance or guarantee you might want; however, that shouldn’t stop you from doing anything.  It would be great if a little voice could tell you what would happen if you made a certain decision “yes, this is the right choice” or “you really shouldn’t do this,” but that’s not how the world works.  Instead, we have to trust our guts and make an educated decision, while hoping for the best.  In other words, close your eyes and jump.  It’s the only way you’ll make some real progress in your life.  You can choose a stable job and a comfortable life that is secure or you can dare to try for a little bit (or a lot) more.  If you succeed, you won’t have to wonder what could have been as you realize your lifelong dreams.  If you don’t do too well, then you still won’t have to wonder “what if.”

There comes a point in all of our lives where we have to make that life changing decision.  Do we choose the safe and secure option that may not be what we had hoped for growing up or do we take a risk and invest everything we have in the future we dreamed of?  I think it’s almost always best to take that risk.  It’s the only way you can break out of the monotonous average life that so many of us face everyday.  Sure, give yourself a safety blanket with an education and some savings, but be brave enough to jump and let go of your “leading to nowhere” job.  Don’t cheat yourself of an opportunity because the truth is there are plenty of people who will grab at the chance if you don’t.  Figure out what you would be happy doing for the rest of your life and do it.  Commit to it and just go for it!

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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