Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking into the next step I should take once college is over. And nothing is catching my eye except the prospects of traveling (and maybe taking on an internship).
When I was in 8th grade (and discovered my love for writing), I dreamt that I would graduate from a 4-year university and immediately travel the world and write about my experiences. However, that dream came to a screeching halt when I realized that it can be quite expensive to travel and unless I started working for a company that sent me off to foreign lands, the chances of making my traveling dreams a reality was very slim.
And that reality has hit me even harder the closer I get to graduation because six months after the day I receive my diploma, I have to start paying back my school loans. Because what do most college graduates have in common? Debt.
But, despite all of this “my dreams will never come true” melodramatic monologue, a couple of opportunities have swung my way. Like living in Florida with my uncle for a few months and working on a yacht (which isn’t the most ideal and it’s still in the US, but it totally counts!) and traveling to Haiti with my mom’s boss’ wife (confusing, I know) to do mission work and to simply visit my friend in New Orleans for her college graduation.
And I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though I already feel a huge burden to take care of my responsibilities like a grown up, who says that I don’t have time to figure things out and make my dreams a reality?!
It’s scary to be so unsure of so much right now, but that’s what’s so wonderful about growing up and solving things on your own. Plus, it helps that I have such an amazing support system to back me up.
There are so many things that I want to accomplish outside of traveling—like become a published author and go skydiving and learn other languages (other than English and French) and learn how to fish and sculpt and complete a puzzle that’s more than 1,000 pieces and publish some photographs with some essays and help/serve others through mission work or just by paying for someone’s groceries. And the list goes on and on.
And as the saying goes, “the world is my oyster.”
*cringing because I just used the lamest cliche ever*
Anyway, the point is simple: If I take advantage of the resources I have, work hard (like, really hard), and have a copious amount of faith, I have the ability to transform my dreams into actions.
Which is pretty amazing.