by Olivia Jenkins
Hello all you fantastic people!!
Can you believe that the semester is almost over? We have 17 days left until the last day of classes. 17 days until we close out another year of school. Where did the time go? I am still having trouble coming to terms with the fact that it is 2018.
I turn 20 at the end of this year. I will be a junior in college. Yet I feel like nothing has changed. I used to dream about how my life would be when I turned 20. I pictured that everything would be totally different and I that I would be living this “grown-up” life. In reality, though I’ve definitely grown in some areas and gained more experience, I am still the same person on the inside.
I still love to read, even though I may not have that much time for pleasure reading during school. I still love to sing, even though I pretty much only ever sing on Sundays. I still love to be outside, even though sometimes the most fresh air I get is on my walk to my next class.
I am still me. Will that ever change? Will I still feel the same way in 10 or 20 years?
I think that people in our generation tend to be very ambitious and set high goals for themselves, which is not inherently a bad thing. But when we put too much pressure on ourselves to have our lives figured out by a certain age or to met career goals by a certain date, we limit our possibilities. Sure, it’s great to have plans for your future. But don’t let your personal goals get in the way of life as it places certain things in your path that may not be what you expected.
Here’s some parting advice: plan your goals. Reflect on what you desire to accomplish and how you want to meet those goals. Remind yourself that plans change. Get comfortable with the fact that your life may look extremely different in the next week/month/year. Trust that, as you roll with the changes that life brings, you will get to where you need to be even if it isn’t where you want to be.
Enjoy these tunes that I’ve been listening to and good luck on your closing days of the semester!!!