Heading Back To School
All of my life I was told--for the most part--what I was meant to do with the rest of my life. Get good grades, finish high school, then mosey on to college and become a financially accomplished young woman. Admittedly, this is a reasonable aspiration for anyone. No loving parent wants to see their child broke, miserable, and wishing they had done more with their life. Unfortunately, the pressure of a parent's expectations can leave a child wondering if such a path is truly right for him/her. This was my problem, that is...until recently.
Not Looking Before You Leap
High school went by pretty fast, much to my liking--and I'm sure the liking of many of you readers out there. I enjoyed learning new things. I made plenty of friends, and went to my fair share of wild, teenage parties while maintaining a high grade point average (not to brag or anything). However, when I graduated I jumped right into college life. I decided right away that my major was going to be in Journalism and that was the choice for someone who enjoys writing as much as I do. Plus, I had dabbled in writing for a local newspaper before. What else could be better?
As it turns out, a lot more. After about two semesters of college I realized that the path I was heading down was going to make me more miserable than I could imagine. Like a good number of young adults my age, I was still having trouble deciding what I was meant to do with the rest of my life. I remember thinking in the middle of my English class "What the heck am I doing here." Well, much to my mother's dismay, I finished the semester and decided to pursue a degree-less career as an author. There was absolutely no way university life was going to bring me any kind of enthrallment. I was certain!
Get To Know Yourself
Needless to say, this idea didn't last too long. Although I am still attempting to be a successful author, I discovered that college was actually in my future. Now, a year later, I am planning on going back to school to become a librarian. The thing about the whole ordeal is that I finally discovered what I wanted to do with the years I have left on this Earth. I had much growing to do before I could even determine what would make me happiest in the years to come.
So many people in their twenties struggle with pinning down a major. Instead of taking the time to let themselves grow and contemplate the right choice, they let the pressure of society's expectations push them into doing things they would rather not waste a second of their time on. Dissatisfaction is an increasing problem around the world, and, from my own experience, this could have a lot to do with spending a lifetime in a profession that pays well but cause their insides to churn. At the end of the day it doesn't matter how much money one makes. It's all about being able to stand yourself and enjoying the life God gave you, the life Christ died to give you.
Signs That Show Your True Feelings
- If you find yourself wishing the years of school will go by fast, chances are you aren't where you need to be.
- If everything about what you're doing makes you somewhat agitated, it might be time to step back and think over your options.
- Being easily angered or jealous of those who are already successful--or are simply enjoying whatever it is they are doing--are clear signs that something in your life is most likely not how it should be.