Sunday, February 16, 2014

The BIG Decision

Right now, I am on the cusp of life... quite literally the cusp... I am at the beginning of the point in my life where I begin my future... or at least at the point where I am able to set my future plans in motion... is that too deep to handle?
Well, what I mean to say is that I'm a second semester junior at university and I have the power (and responsibility) to choose what I become after graduate. It is nerve wracking and exciting all at the same time. There are so many options for me after I graduate, but how do I know what to choose? How do I know what is best for me? Will I choose correctly? What if I hate the real world? What if the real world does not want me?
Déjà vu. I feel like I have been here before, and that is because I basically have. Exactly four years ago, I was in this very same position... I was a junior (in high school) choosing what my next step in life would be. I chose to go to university, and I chose the university that I am attending right now. I know that it was the right choice by far, but sometimes I wonder just how different my life would be if I had decided to major in something different or attended a different school, perhaps one not so far away from home. This definitely would have impacted my life as well as the person who I have become.
I know that my next decision is rather important... and I know that the choice is mine. I also have just begun to realize that in a year, I will probably have made my mind up and maybe I will even know what my future plans are...
SO, I've imagined up three plausible paths that I will choose from after I step off the stage on graduation day: 
  1. Grad school
  2. Find a killer job
  3. Get a grant/scholarship to travel and write and learn 
 The most incredible part of this whole thing is that each of these three little paths have a ton of mini-paths branching off of them... where will I go to grad school? What would I get a degree in? Where will I work? Will anyone want to hire me? What if I do not get the scholarship I want? What if I end up living a nomadic life forever?
I know that I still have time to work through and decide these kinds of things... but I just want to know. I want to know exactly where I will be in five years and if I will be successful and happy; but alas, reassurance from a future self is rarely to be expected as time travel has not become feasible yet.
Also, before I make plans for after graduation, I have to graduate... I am not worried about my grades, but I just have to keep reminding myself of all the work I have to do to get to the point where I cross the stage at graduation. It is a bit overwhelming, but I have got my eyes on the prize... whatever it may be. 
 If you can relate to this post on the uncertainty of your future, here are just a few quotes from incredible people that may set your mind at ease:
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt 
  • “The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln 
  •  “Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”- Henry David Thoreau
  • “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” - William Shakespeare 
  • "There is nothing like a dream to create the future." - Victor Hugo 
    WE are in charge of our futures. Just let that sink in.

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