Ever feel like you’re standing in the center of an open space surrounded by arrows pointing in every direction? There are always choices and decisions for you to make.
Yesterday, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and as a Read Across America activity, I read his book Oh, The Places You’ll Go! to students. This book has always had deep meaning for me, ever since I received it as a college graduation gift years ago. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! follows the journey of a boy who sets out to find his place in the world. The book’s theme is that life can be full of challenges and setbacks, and that there are many paths to take, but success is attainable if we believe in our potential.
Millions of readers from around the world have connected with the book. Through my discussions with students afterward, I saw how the book’s meaning still resonates with a new generation. Challenges, setbacks, and finding the right path are still things to contend with in life. But, Dr. Seuss promises that success is attainable no matter what. I still believe him. And, I still believe in his book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Life is like a roadmap. Our choices and decisions set the paths we follow. We get to decide. There are many paths to choose from. It really depends on where you want to go.
It sounds easy, but it isn’t always. Rereading Oh, The Places You’ll Go! yesterday inspired today’s lesson.
It helps to find your own way and follow the direction that’s right for you. But what if you don’t know what that is? What if you don’t know which way to go? It’s perfectly normal not to at your age. People twice your age and older still struggle with this.
I haven’t always travelled on the right path. At times I’ve found myself on the wrong one. Whenever that happened, I was fortunate to have a parent, teacher, or mentor who was there to give me the direction I needed. Those experiences actually inspired me to follow the path that I’m on now. When I created Be Unlimited, I knew that it was the right path, the one I was meant to be on. For years, I didn’t know what my potential was, let alone what was possible for me.
Looking back, I see that I had the wrong mindset. Fortunately, I was able to change that mindset. Now, I want to help others do the same. I especially want to inspire young people to create something greater in their lives because I know what it’s like not to believe in your own potential.
The idea for Be Unlimited came to me last year while in India on a five-week study exchange. I lost count of the many years that I had been wanting to get to India. It was a book that first piqued my interest in that country. The more I read about the people and the culture, the more photos I saw of this faraway land, the more I wanted to go there. Somehow. But how? That was the question.
All those years, I had no idea how I would actually get to India. Then one day an opportunity suddenly came to me. A few months later, I was traveling to India as a member of Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange. I would visit schools and orphanages. I would also be surrounded by the colors and the landscapes that I had kept in my mind for so many years.
Remembering this one day while in a remote village, I felt incredibly inspired. I felt unlimited. It was a feeling that I wanted to share with and develop in others, especially young people. People need to see the possibilities that life has to offer, not the limits. That’s what Being Unlimited is all about.
If you’re feeling uncertainty about the direction you should follow, think of Be Unlimited as your very own roadmap. Here you’ll get the ideas, information, and inspiration to find the path that’s best for you. I also created Be Unlimited as a lifeline for those in need of help. No matter what you are going through, no matter how impossible it seems, there is a solution. Let Be Unlimited be a resource. (See our BE HELPED section on the main page.)
If you’re reading this right now, you’re traveling in the right direction.