When I was little, my favourite part of most days was coming home from late basketball practices. My mom picked me up and it was about a 20-minute drive from the gym. The radio would hum soft rock classics on the FM station 100.5 while my mom and I talked about my day. I would stare out the window at the night sky and dream about where life would take me. After arriving home, we would eat dinner and my father would wake up for his night shift at the mill. But before he left, we would sit outside and stare at the stars. He pointed out all the constellations, planes, and satellites passing by. I lived outside the city so on a clear night we could see the beauty of the stars.
Have you ever heard the quote “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars?” This is another one of my favourite sayings. Quoted from Norman Vincent Peale, a Methodist Minister and Author known for his concept of The Power of Positive Thinking, this saying always pops into my head when I catch a glance at the night sky here in Ireland. The stars are beautiful and I am reminded of the many times I spent dreaming of my future when I was younger. I still love to stare at the stars to this day because it allows me to continue to dream big. The universe is so large, and the world is ours if we are willing to work for it!
Being a Victory Scholar has given me the chance to shoot for the moon with the future still unwritten. I am exactly where I pictured myself so many years ago on my late night car rides home with my mom. I’m right where I need to be in life. And as a reminder, so are you. Everything happens for a reason and you may not realise it, but you too are, at the very least, amongst the stars!