Holding multiple perspectives in mind at the same time and an individual prone to observation rather than instant reaction showcases to me that your wisdom is coalesced with your humility. It does not matter if you scored well on a standardized exam; I perceive that intelligence is a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted personal and worldly awareness worthy of merit beyond a passing score on a standardized assessment.
“Blessed youth, board your skiff and flee from all education.” – Epicurus
Human beings are always learning, changing, evolving and experiencing life on a whole new level. Instead of habitually gravitating towards the commonplace (aka college), draw curiously closer to the unusual and marvel at the world through puzzled yet inquisitive eyes.
“Wisdom cries out in the streets.” Philosopher, Nicholas of Cusa
You will find pieces of yourself and broaden your perception of others through getting lost in different cities and compelling environments.
“I would rather be my own tyrant than have someone else tyrannize me.” – Henry Flagler
You cannot hot potato toss your pain onto the next individual to steer clear of your bloody discomfort.
“Every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity.” – Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Know yourself; do you enjoy spending time in the outer world amongst the general public, buzzing crowds, obstreperous noise, and eager movement? Are you fond of the solitary path of residing within your inner world of extraordinary ideas, outlandish images, and peculiar creativity with a twist of placid stillness? Being well-informed of my standout quirks, foreign characteristics, vexatious ticks, learning style, mental capacity and unique talents has aided in the development of my self-confidence and has led me to gain an inward and outward appreciation of my luxuriant self.
“The best part of every man’s education is that which he gives to himself.” – Sir Walter Scott
Develop a “Don’t Think, Just Do” attitude and no longer devise a pros and cons chart in your mind before entirely jumping in and experiencing something new.
“College is a refuge from hasty judgment.” – Robert Frost
You will stumble across haters everywhere you go as long as you continue to live right and bust your ass toward meeting your goals and actively living out the life of your dreams. Observe your present personal narration and apply the respective means of psychological sterilization to erase the conditioning of western civilization.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss – ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’
Walk through the valley of living death into a cathartic dimension that leads you out of the tribulations tied to the gray mass. Stop seeking justification from feeble-minded pigeons and make a choice to create the space to develop your own voice. Face the uncut truth of your life, rub reality in your face, challenge yourself and quit complaining. You are not a victim and the universe does not owe you a damn thing, suga. You choose your destiny. You create your life.
“I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.” – Doddie Smith, I Capture the Castle
Create the space, energy and time to dig into your mind and share with the world each and every treasure and challenge that you find. Experience is your greatest teacher.
“When stuck, hit the road.”- John Fante
Reboot your perspective of existence on the road. Sample a variety of climates, cultures, perspectives and wordly-wise soul food. Dive into every wave of exquisite pain. Marvel at the breadth and grandeur of the natural world.
“Life is more fun when you open your mouth.” – Neil Strauss
Make yourself indispensable. Sit on the hot seat of your life, baby. Honesty is the highest form of intimacy. Be consistent, untie the binding knots and strike when the iron is hot. Do not flatter and shield your precious ego from ‘blame’ when you make an error or mistake. Be brutally honest with others and yourself.