January 31, 2019 • BY Laurie Joy

Rewriting Your Own Story

If it was easy, everyone would do it. But rewriting your own story isn’t easy, and perhaps that’s why you’ve been putting it off. I’ve rewritten mine, and many others have done the same, so why are you putting it off for yourself?

Let’s look at some people on the list:

  • Oprah Winfrey gave birth at 14 and lost her child
  • Bill Gates and his first businesses that failed
  • Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4 years old
  • Jim Carrey lived in a van with his family
  • Richard Branson has dyslexia
  • Stephen King’s first novel was rejected 30 times
  • Vincent Van Gogh only sold 1 painting in his lifetime
  • Charlize Theron witnessed her mother shoot her father

My mom had me when she was 17 years old. We lived with my grandparents, my mom had to go back and finish high school later on. She gave up a lot for me, but one thing she did unconditionally was not only love me, but made sure I was educated…unlike herself. I was always a great student. I never skipped school (well, one class in my senior year and I got in major shit, but that’s another story for another time.) I went to university, graduated with Honours, got a teaching job 2 years after and have as many extra qualifications as I can have right now in my teaching career. All because of my mom.
But one thing I didn’t do…was let the cycle continue. Actually, my mom made damn sure of that. Thankfully for me, NO ONE I knew in high school was having sex, especially me! Ha. But, she urged me to get something that she never did, to always do the best job (if I was going to do a job, you’d better do it well) and to keep taking as many courses as I could.
So as the quote above states, don’t be a victim of your circumstances. Don’t ride that victim wave throughout your life. Look at all of the incredible obstacles that the people overcame above. You can do it. You just have to believe that you can.