02/22/2012 05:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

A Boy

Many would agree that a child deserves to see the entire world and to know that he or she can be anything that they want to be. This is what we are taught in elementary school, and yet, the primary options are always limited. Doctor, lawyer, fireman, etc. As we grow and mature, these ideas become so embedded in our minds that we don't pursue life out of a vast understanding of the world's options, but rather out of what is deemed "successful" or "respectable."

On my journey, I never realized I was lost (at least not until I actually found myself). I was fortunate enough to discover a truth that remains hidden from most people for their entire lives. My identity and purpose exist in something present in this world, something that may not have been presented to me by my parents, teachers, or peers. I can be spiritually and practically fulfilled living from inward choice rather than a societal determination of success.

Don't buy the hype and don't sell it either. There is an entire world out there and it is up to you to connect with it and decide for yourself what works for you.

Don't buy the hype..
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