Sometimes, it’s as though it takes a beaten spirit to realize what you want.
We all want to be successful, but some people have different perspectives on what it means to be truly successful. For example, does your job include a high salary? Do you get vacation time? Is it boring for the sake of having a substantial living?
These questions seem monotonous–AmIRight?
This is for my weirdos, my dreamers, my brilliant minds, my insane intellectuals:
Go after everything you want.
As I sat here thinking about where I want to be tomorrow, next year, five years from now, I began wondering what I even want to do with my life. I’m sure you’re all thinking, “What else is new? You’re a twenty-year-old college student.” Okay, true. Between starting out as a journalism major who wanted to take on the world as the next generation Carrie Bradshaw, to becoming an English Education major who wanted to talk about literature on the daily, and now to an English Studies major who has absolutely no idea what she wants–but she still wants to be the next generation Carrie Bradshaw–I have zero credibility when it comes to knowing what my future should entail.
I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t know who I’m taking. I don’t know where I even want to live. I do know one thing, though: give me life. Let me see it all, do it all, and breathe it all in because this planet is huge and I want to soak up everything it has to offer.
Another thought: school. Why? Why is it monotonous and why does it feel as though I am wasting my time? Is it the scenery? Sometimes I just want to pack a bag and go on an adventure. Give me some caffeine, a group of people who simply want to laugh and breathe in the fresh air, and I’ll be good to go. We can go to Los Angeles, Miami, Wilmington, London, Santorini, Paris, and anywhere we feel brings us a calling.
After our adventure, give me a real-world experience in a field. I don’t want to read about what other people have done. I want to experience it. How am I supposed to train for a career if I do not have experience or training in said career? I’ll fetch coffee for someone who is one rung ahead of me on the rope. I’ll interview some poor shmuck with my less-than-average interviewing skills. I’ll learn how to sew so I can write a fashion piece. Let me do it. Let me try.
Maybe this is just a rant. Maybe it was a waste of your time. Maybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong.
But I’m going somewhere.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.