The Big Shakeout — Part 2 | #MyFridayStory №258

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“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

John Lennon

After completing two years of National Service, I took a break to try recover from The Shakeout.

It would take more than one lesson for me to contemplate life.

After a brief tour of the USA, I was ready to face the next 3-years of studies. I dreamt of one day becoming a civil engineer. I was fortunate to have received a scholarship through the South African Railways. I received a stipend throughout my 2 years of military service that continued throughout my studies. At 20 years old, I was 2-years behind the men who went straight from high school into the studying and the workplace.

The 3-day intense aptitude test clearly stated: Civil Engineer.

After 2 gut-wrenching years, I was in my 3rd year and carrying Structural Engineering for the 2nd year in a row. Because I’d failed, my stipend ended. To cover my expenses, I became a part-time cashier at my best friend’s bakery and superette.

He was expanding the operation to a second shop in the centre of town — a block away from my classes. After classes, I’d walk up to the shop while they were still renovating. The shop was on a corner and needed signwriting on the windows. Not knowing the first thing but needing the money, I offered to do the job. This further led to my friend and his partners — his older Brother and his best friend — offering me a full-time position to help manage the new shop.

Terminating my scholarship meant I would have to pay back all the money I’d received. My scholarship included three years working for the railways. Those years of stipends and my studies had to be paid back.

Although I paid my way, my Parents supported me throughout my studies. Not knowing what to do or how to tell my Parents, I approached my minister for advice. He listened as I explained the journey that brought me to him. His wise advice will never leave me. My passion was never civil engineering. An aptitude test is only a sign of where your expertise lies — no one asks what you would love to do.

I was offered an opportunity to enter into the business world — an area I enjoy — and I should embrace it.

When I explained to my Parents I was joining my friend, they were delighted. Not once did my Dad or Mom make me feel guilty or regret not having completed my studies. They cheered me on like they always did.

The events thus far could not have been more serendipitous. Serendipity will show a pattern often followed by a Shakeout. All the events so far have been fortuitous. The Shakeout avoided, so for now, everything turned out alright in the end.

Have an awesome weekend and please be generous! 😄

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