Well, At twenty-one years old, I can confidently say I have no idea what I want to do with my life or what my story will be. Absolutely no clue on what path to take, which direction to traipse, how to best figure out what I want. And I think that may be okay, who really does know all the answers to life’s biggest questions? I can’t say I’ve met anyone that knows exactly where they want to take this crazy journey so I don’t feel alone in my ability to decide. It’s common and I’m going to be okay. At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself.
The world is so vast and we are so small, the possibilities are endless, truly. It would just be nice to have some sort of moment of realization to begin my journey, but it doesn’t always work out that way. We don’t have the ability to jump ahead in the story to see if it all works out alright, nor can we Google the exact path we want to take. My story will be different from yours, no two are alike in this world. We are living in a time where it is truly possible to transform ourselves into the very best version of ourselves with so many tools and resources at our disposal. So what is holding us back?
If you think about it, why do we need that “moment”? Why can’t we just head off in the direction that the sun is setting and go chase after whatever it is that caught our eye up the road? Why am we always so afraid to take the first step?
One of the biggest decisions I made in my life was to fore-go traditional college and immerse myself in a year-long photography program, despite my guidance counselor’s plea to look at something, “a little more traditional and safe. You might regret your decision ten years from now.” That was four years ago. I have yet to look back aside from the occasional glance in the rearview mirror, but it’s safe to say I have yet to have any sort of regret for making the leap.
I quickly wrote down a list of items that came to mind and found myself intrigued by the thought of when it comes down to it, my dreams and goals were pretty straightforward.
Life Goals (so far):
- Visit all 7 continents.
- Photograph stories and document my own.
- Write a book.
- Live in another country for a while.
- Own a home.
- Bring my kids (if I decide to have them) around the world.
- Inspire and help a large amount of people.
- Give a Ted talk.
- Take the Trans-Siberian railway.
- Love and be loved in such a fierce, passionate, and deserving way.
The phrase, “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on the way” has always been a favorite. The former is certainly true, it’s just the latter I need to work on a bit more. It may just come down to quitting being afraid to reach up and grab what life has to offer me.
Where will I go? What will I do? Do you come face to face with these questions every day?
The only question left remaining is, what will your story be?