In a nutshell, my future.
There have been a lot of times in my life when the future at best concerned me and at worst scared the bejeezus out of me.
But now I see the wide array of opportunities in front of me as exciting, not daunting.
I feel so fortunate to have been raised in a family that supported me (shout out to Dad; it’s Father’s Day!), to grow up in a country that believes anybody can work to become anything they want to be, and to live in an era that doesn’t oppress its women nearly as much as decades and centuries past.
As I’ve said before, there’s something about living abroad that makes one reevaluate one’s priorities. You start thinking about what you’re going to do with your time when you’re back in your “normal” life – that is, back in your home country. It makes you not want to waste your time because you only have so much of it in your host country. It makes you bolder in making new friends because you have to be; you don’t have as many connections.
I could see myself teaching in the States, teaching for the U.S. Department of Defense in one of a number of countries, or doing aid work abroad. And I know that so long as I feel I’m doing purposeful work, I’ll be satisfied in whatever I do.
And, to end things on an inspirational note, I wanted to share a screenshot of something I posted to Facebook shortly after I arrived in New Zealand, which received a lot of encouraging and true advice that others might also find uplifting.
And, since I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t end this challenge on something musical, I’ll share this song. Might only be super relevant to other 24-year-olds, but it’s just what I’m feeling at the moment.
Thanks for hanging out with me throughout this challenge!