I was so cold.
It was ‘break-time’ during one of my college lectures, and the only thing I can remember today is how I would spend those hours alone. Often at least a few miles away from the closest building. I would hide between the trees so no one would see me, eat my lunch and spend the rest of the time scribbling things in my notebook.
And man, was it cold.
So, so cold.
I don’t think that anyone liked me enough to spend that time with me.
Maybe I was just too weird, too foreign, too introverted, too obsessed with the thoughts in my head and all of things that I wanted to do and accomplish. I can’t remember a single day I would spend hanging out with my classmates.
Instead, I would sit alone in the cold and dream. Dream about all of the things that my heart, my gut feeling was telling me was the path that I needed to be on. Those were some of the worst days of my life.
I felt like every second of my life was being wasted.
Not because I was always alone and cold and felt like I would never fit in, those things sucked, but because I knew that I was going against everything that my gut feeling was telling me to do. I had chosen ‘stability’ and ‘college life’ because they were the normal things to do — because society accepted that way of life.
And because of that — I felt like every second of my life was being wasted.
That my potential to go off and do great things was put on-hold.
I really hated it.
And the moment I graduated from college, well, that was the first time in my life that I decided to never, ever do anything that wasn’t true to who I am or what my gut felt was the right thing for me to do. I only wish that I had made that decision sooner.
Because although things were really tough for a while, and still are on most days of the week, I get to wake up knowing that I am on the path that I need to be on. I’m not asking for the golden ticket.
I know that in order for my dreams to come true, that it will take a lot of work. Far more than I am doing now. I’m aware of that.
But at least I know that I am on the right path. I can feel it in my heart.
That’s what happens when you follow your gut — even if it’s against everything you’ve been taught, what your family believes and what makes ‘logical’ sense.
You’ll know that you are on the right path, and that’s a great feeling to have.
Too many people go through life ignoring their gut feeling’s.
I see it everyday.
And it absolutely destroys them.
They end up sacrificing the only things that make their hearts high and excited to leap with joy and abundance, for boring words such as ‘security’ and ‘comfort’. Then they grow old and bitter and die alone without having ever accomplished much.
Not having the courage to tap into your potential is a waste to the human race. Every step towards making your dreams come true could be the next great discovery.
We need more people to stand tall and believe in the work that they do; to give themselves a chance. Even if all of the odds are against them. Even if it seems like they will never be able to amount to anything. It’s always worth giving it your best shot.
Otherwise, how will you ever know if you could have made it?
If you could have contributed to making the world a better place?
Here’s the thing. Every so often, you’ll be faced with a tough decision to make. And when that happens you’ll have two options:
A — To do what makes sense and is rational when you think about it.
B — To follow your gut and venture into the depths of the unknown.
Every decision I’ve ever made after college was based on following my gut, on doing what felt right instead of what made the most sense, and I don’t regret a single thing.
Quitting my job.
Starting a business.
Developing my tech skills.
Buying a car.
Writing every day.
These things weren’t without their issues, but always pay off in the long term. Here’s the best advice I have to offer.
Always follow your gut.
Even when you aren’t sure what the outcome might be, or what you have to do to get there. Your gut knows what’s best for you. It believes in you when no one else does.
Listen to it. Pay close attention. And you’ll never have to regret a single decision you will ever have to make again.
FOLLOWING YOUR GUTby Karim Boubker
Occasional film-maker. Full time writer & business builder.
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