“Oh the Places You’ll Go”

Dr. Seuss was a genius. Who knew how inspiring and truthful a childrens book could be? If you’ve ever read “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” you’ll totally understand what I mean.

“You are the guide who’ll decide where to go.”

This statement alone inspires me so much. I can decide. I get to choose. I can go WHEREVER I want to go.

I was beyond blessed with a mom who pushed me to take every opportunity possible. She pushed me to experience things out of what I thought my limits were. She’s taken me around the country for dance competitions, auditions, interviews, etc. When I was young, she taught me how to be courageous enough to take any opportunity and to push towards it. I remember in high school she bought me a bracelet that said COURAGE. I thank my mom for this because without her supportiveness, the bracelet, and all the talks, I probably wouldn’t be writing this blog.

With the help of my mom, I have come to understand the importance of taking opportunities. Since then, I have become obsessed with taking every opportunity possible, even if that means I am stressed out of my mind. For example, in high school I was a cheerleader, drill team member, DECA member, FBLA president, Uknight leader, and the list goes on… BUT I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT LIFE.

Life isn’t about just sitting and waiting for things to happen. It’s about getting off your feet and experiencing it all! Especially, while you are young. When you take one opportunity it opens up a road. As you are working your way up this road, you will discover a handful of opportunities given to you. If you choose to accept an opportunity, from there, you can take another opportunity which opens up a new road, then the cycle happens over and over again.

I saw this and understood it. Now, anytime I see an opportunity, I’m quick to snatch it.

Once, in an interview, I was really inspired. I told the interviewer that I believed my life was like an infinite canvas. Every day I wake up to paint that canvas. I either have the choice to add on to what I’ve created or just keep it the same from day-to-day. I can never start over (because unfortunately I’ll never erase the past), but I can always keep adding to it. I believe this comes from opportunities. If I open myself up to new opportunities, I can create more space for paintings.

Fast forward to now… I’ve taken opportunities. I’ve made connections with people and I’ve been blessed. I’m excited to come out and say I’ve accepted a job as a cheerleading advisor and part-time math teacher at Syracuse Jr. High. Wanna know how I got the job? TAKING OPPORTUNITIES AND CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE. It is the key people. It is the key.

With this said, don’t be afraid to take opportunities. You’ll always find that little fear devil on your shoulder telling you that you’re not good enough or you can’t make it. Don’t listen to it! You can take yourself to any place you want to go. Be courageous. If you are, Dr. Seuss was right…

“Oh the Places You’ll Go!”



Here’s to a future full of hope, successes/failures, and opportunity snatching.

Rylee Shae




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