Wednesday, September 4, 2013

all the things

Coming back to school makes me want to do all the things. 

I want to be a great songwriter. I want to be a stellar mom. I want to be a consistent blogger with a strong following. I want to publish a book. I want to be the best elementary school teacher your kid has ever had. I want to be my own graphic designer for my business that I want to own. I want to have my own spot to write in a magazine. I want to live in New York and perform in musicals. I want to find something creative enough and original enough for others to notice it. I want to create something that makes a difference. 

In our society, so many children are told, "You can be anything! You can do everything! There's nothing you can't achieve!" I believe this is true in many ways. It's not that I don't have the confidence to do something or achieve something. I know I can. It's just that sometimes you honestly don't have the time to do ALL of the things. You have to pick a major. Okay, check. And then you put all of this energy and effort into this major. You want to be doing it, but there are a lot of other things you hope to do, too. 

I guess what I'm saying is sometimes it's hard to keep the "You can do anything and everything!" mentality when I'm focusing so much on a specific route. I know I could do some of the things on my list, but becoming an adult means deciding if I should. Does it fit with my life plan? (Don't tell me you don't have a life plan. Okay, maybe not word for word, you've got to allow for change and unexpected things, but come on. If you have chosen a major, you have some kind of life plan, and if you don't, then you should get one.) Will it be helpful to my career path? Will I someday be able to make a living with it? Do I have enough time to invest in it so that it will support me?

Being over halfway done with my degree, I'm happy with the path I've taken. But sometimes I wish there were more stops along the road for me to do some of those other things. 


  1. The other things will come. Maybe not all of them. And maybe not how you've imagined. But they will come. I heart you a LOT!