If I could go back in time and be able to give my young self a piece of advice I would say, drown out the outside noise and listen to what your inner voice tells you. Do what you feel you must do, not what others are telling you to do. The conventional path is not always for everyone, and if it turns out that it is for you, at least give some time to really think about it and plan out your vision. You're very young and you still have your whole life ahead of you. You're not running out of time and you don't need to feel like you have to try to keep up with everyone else. You won't get left behind, I promise. Just make sure you know what you want and go for it.
Ironically, even though I went to school and got my degree, I still feel like I got left behind and that I've failed. But you know what? It's okay. And I'm okay. I'm okay with my situation right now. I'm not saying I'm thrilled but I'm okay. And I want those who judge me to know that I'm okay. Because that's what matters right? If I'm okay?
So in the end, society's idea of the good life didn't work out so well for me. But when I think about how I'm employed, how I have a roof over my head (not to mention my own room), that I have a boyfriend who loves me, and the support of my two closest people- my cousin and sister, I remember that I don't need to live how society wants me to to have a good life. I have a pretty darn good one, if I do say so myself, and it could only get better from here.
p.s. I do have plans working at this factory though so it's not all for nothing.
p.p.s. This marks my 200th post!!
"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." -Confucius