My Dreams for the Future

College is a strange time in life. You are both independent and dependent, mature and immature, focused on the future yet trying to enjoy the present. I am half way done with college, and the last two years have simultaneously flown by and taken their sweet time. Time is funny, isn’t it? And while I am all for living in the moment and soaking up every detail, I also love dreaming about my future.

Dreaming of the future excites me. I can’t wait to see what God has in store, which dreams he’s waiting to breath life into and how he will change me in the process. I feel as though I’m standing on the precipice of the rest of my life peering over the edge- a wonderful and terrifying place to be.

I want to share a few of my dreams in this space today, my version of the I Have A Dream Speech, except not nearly as empowering! One day I can look back on them in the months and years to come and be grateful. Because if I’m anything, it’s grateful. 

I dream of returning to Germany one day. I don’t know what it will look like, but I know Germany is not through with my heart yet. Maybe I will apply for a Fullbright Scholarship, maybe grad school, who knows?!

I dream of writing for a living. I love this craft. It makes my heart sing. I can imagine myself working in editing, publishing, blogging, copywriting, screenwriting, etc.! I’m so glad I found something I’m talented in and can pursue moving forward.

I dream of getting married. This dream is still a big ol’ question mark at this point, but I know God will lead my down the right path one day.

I dream of growing this blog. I adore this little blog of mine, and all my lovely readers. You make me smile. It is so rewarding to look back on past experiences and moments. I hope to continue to improve and grow this blog for years to come!

I dream of traveling around the country. This is such a beautiful, vast country we live in, and I’d be amiss not to explore as much of it as I can. My current U.S. bucket list obsession: Utah! I’ve never been and I’m dying to catch a glimpse of those red rocks.IMG_9699IMG_9706IMG_9711IMG_9761IMG_9732IMG_9723IMG_9769IMG_9799IMG_9805
Thanks for putting up with my ramblings! It is energizing and inspiring to think about the future. Take a deep breath, and keep moving forward.

Question of the Day
Do you have dreams for the future? Do you ever verbalize them? It sure feels good to write them down.

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Micah. She was your typical little girl- silly, energetic, curious. One day, someone asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Smiling up at them, she replied without hesitation, “A Princess, of course!” The person laughed and patted her on the head. “Don’t we all,” they chuckled. In that moment, Micah’s dream of being a professional princess was shattered. Perhaps she would have to find something else to do when she grew up. But what?

As she grew older, her peers began letting go of their “princess dreams” and striving for new ones. Some wanted to be doctors, others teachers, lawyers, therapists. And while Micah eventually realized she too must relinquish her princess dream and replace it with a realistic career, she had no idea which one fit her.

Fast forward to high school graduation. Waiting in line before the ceremony processional, Micah hears fellow classmates chat excitedly about their plans: pre-med, art school, theater programs. Everyone seemed to have their major and corresponding career path figured out. In fear of being asked, what are your plans?, Micah hides under her over-sized graduation cap.

And now’s the part where I switch to first person. If you haven’t guessed, this story is about me! During my time here in Germany, I’ve often found myself thinking about my next two years of college and the future beyond. And while I am a notorious worrier, my recent thoughts on the subject have not been worries so much as questions. 

I’m almost grown up, but I still don’t know exactly what I want to be…what does that say about me?

I think it says a few things. First, the fact that I could never envision myself with a typical job title like doctor, teacher, or lawyer means I don’t want an already established career. I want a job title with multiple words, something that takes a bit of explanation, something like, “Creative Director of Content and Photography” or “Editor of Written Communication.” What the what do those even mean? Exactly.

Second, titles like that aren’t attained through a traditional career path. I see myself following a circuitous path, full of twists and turns and trial and errors. Some people love following a step by step path to their future career- first college, then graduate school, then training of some sort, and then work. But I’ve always been okay with uncertainty where my career is concerned. I like not knowing what my post-graduation plans. It is strangely liberating and exciting! It allows me space to be my creative, unique, crazy self.

Lastly, I don’t want to mold myself to fit a career. Sometime people change themselves to fit into the ‘doctor mold,’ for example, adjusting to what they think a doctor should be. But I want to be myself, and mold my career to fit me. Now I know that’s not always possible, or at least not right away. I will undoubtedly have to go through a few jobs that don’t quite fit until I reach the job that fits me like a glove. Sometime you have to figure out what you don’t want to do first before you can figure out what you do want to do. I’ve already checked quite a few options off the list, and continue narrowing it down with each new experience.

So, in conclusion to this ridiculously long post, I want to offer a few words of wisdom to my past self. Little Micah, it’s perfectly okay to have no idea what you want to do. You will likely spend the rest of your life figuring it out. But chances are, you won’t become a professional princess. That’s too conventional for you anyways.

Thanks for reading friends, have a great week!