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Putting a Year Aside

As Brian Tracy, an American – Canadian public speaker, once said: “Personal development is a major time saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.”

Sitting there, studying for the final exam of your school life. You have an idea of where you want to go and what you want to do with your life, but you have this weird feeling that you may have something missing. You’re not sure what it could be, but you feel like you are falling behind in life in some way.

This feeling can be quite overwhelming at times. But worry not, there are psychologists out there who will reassure you why this might not be true. The problem is that they would not be able to take away this feeling. No.

You need something more, something that would not only reassure you but also allow you to prove to yourself that you are further in life after putting in some work. You would need a gap year. As the name states: a year in which you can prepare for the years coming your way. A gap year guides young people into their future, to further their education, gain life skills, increase their emotional intelligence, and also to gain work experience.

Even if you had a plan for your life, a gap year can show you a world that you never thought of. A gap year can help you with personal growth and to understand yourself better.

“But why would I still need to find myself? I believe that I know who I truly am.”

The problem with this statement is that you can never truly know who you are at such a young age. You should first explore your being, to dig down deeper into your likes and dislikes. Knowing yourself is the most important thing that you can do. It means knowing your weaknesses as well as knowing your strengths and what motivates you.

Putting a year aside, to not only prepare for the years to come, but also to prepare your personal and emotional self for a whole new world that waits for you can help make life easier, and perhaps even help open your eyes to how the world really works. A gap year allows you to find the person you are right now, your true self, and how you can grow into this person.

“Would I not be wasting my time?”

As Brian Tracy, an American–Canadian public speaker, once said: “Personal development is a major time saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.”

So, technically, you save more time than spending it. If we stopped growing within ourselves, we may as well have been robots, unable to be taught and prepared for life.

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Jaco Greyling Life Skills Intern

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