“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
~ Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Purpose. Passion. Dream Job. These were words that I thought about a lot over the course of the semester, their meanings fluctuating and changing, daily at times. What is it that I’m meant to be doing? I would ask myself. What should I pursue?
It seems that I’ve simply encountered more “Things That I Don’t Want to Do” or maybe more accurate and more verbose, “Things that I Think I Don’t Want to Do.” But I continue to turn this question over in my mind, and I think about the vast possibilities that the world holds. I’d like to explore those possibilities, to lift up my own little corner of the universe, to see what’s out there. A wonderful and wise professor once told our class that it is both sensible and essential to build scaffolding for our dreams. He taught us that we have, within ourselves, the ability to create a life that we are passionate about, and that through self-assessment, reflection, and adaptability, we can continue to dream, we can start over, we can live passionately, and fully, and well. I may not be able to completely answer the questions posed above, but I know how I’d like to live, and this, I hope, will point me towards the next chapter in my life.