It’s a shame that we have to resent each other’s success instead of following by example. Those who strive to succeed and acknowledge their full potential are pillars of hope and beacons filled with light that can expel the darkness which permeates our world. It doesn’t matter how talented, intelligent, athletic, or charismatic one may be, these traits are not fully exploited by those who possess them and allow a bit of it to be lost daily. In short, if you are to get anywhere in life, you have to work your fucking ass off, no matter how tedious or simple you may find your station to be. You have to pay your dues, no matter the size of the white hot supernova which fuels the unlimited power that lies dormant within you. I have made college look easy because the teachers consider me “talented” and “an amazing student”, but I am merely using the positive traits and “talents” I possess to work towards the success that I seek in life. I’ve had to take college course after course, extracurricular activities which require more of my time, and apply for medical and teaching school. I have to meet new teachers for programs that they think I would be interested in because I’m so advanced. In our country, we are given the illusion that we have a voice, but only allowed to say what they want you to say, believe what they want you to believe, accept what they believe is acceptable. The truth is, you make YOUR OWN VOICE! The more intelligent and well-informed you are, the easier it is to convince others to do the right thing, even if they ultimately don’t listen to you. Unfortunately, that is almost always the result, as most people have their minds made up about many issues, regardless of how wrong, outdated, or unbelievable they may feel about a given subject. You just have to get used to it! Don’t ever let that stop you from saying exactly how you truly feel, even if others disagree! I know, it is a blessing and a curse, To add to the pressure, I work 35-45 hours a week just to show that I’m a reliable, loyal, and hard working perfectionist with an excellent work ethic, thereby entitling me to higher positions with the company I work for at the moment. I lead by example, I am passionate about my hobbies, my personal life, my business life, my educational life, etc because I truly love and enjoy these aspects of my life, not because others have told me to. I’ve never been one to succumb to peer pressure because I do not wish to destroy the life I consider so valuable, and is in existence because I have something to prove to the world. Rest assured, you will be asked to do this by many people in life in order to reach the top, but if you find your niche in life by having the willpower to succeed, you too will find out how exciting it is to be loved for how much you can show the world how good you are!