Your efforts will soon be rewarded by the people who love you. This kind of reward can't be bought, it can only be earned. Enjoy it.
You may feel at this time that your past efforts have not paved the way much at all, but you'll soon be surprised to learn that you are wrong. Without realising it, just by moving forward in small steps, you've been preparing yourself to take on new challenges and to face exciting changes. You've underestimated yourself, and now it's time to see just how far you've come and how ready you are to take the next step.
Often, the difference between success and failure is a matter of asking good questions. Good questions move you forward. Poor questions slow you down and misdirect you.