Prioritizing your future

Sometimes it is hard to look into the future optimistically. There is always going to be something along the path has not gone the way you had planned. There is always going to be some hope that burns inside you but slowly fades away as you realize that it may not be as attainable as hoped. There is always going to be times where you are stuck in a rut with the feeling that there is no other way out. When it feels like everything is rushing against us. When we do things to please other people rather than follow what we truly want to do for ourselves. When we want something so bad and yet we know that it is impossible, at least for right now. Right now we just have to stand up, stand straight, stand tall, and keep moving forward.

Whether you are graduating this weekend or graduating next year, it is still the same. The future, which once seemed so far
away, is quickly approaching. Our lives pass within the blink of an eye, and we need to learn to prioritize what we actually want out of it.

Pretty much all students are looking to get their diploma, but each of us has our own reasons. But how many of us actually know
what that reason is? Is it for you now, you in the future, or for someone else entirely? Do you really want a full-fledged career after graduation or is there something else in life that could make you happier? Is your degree choice even what you want to pursue as a potential job or are you doing it because it is one of the only things you feel you are competent enough at to pass your classes? Or could it be because your parents pushed you into it? Maybe it’s a feeling of obligation to prove your self-worth? Have you even really sat down and thought about it?

If not, start now before you get in too deep to come out again. Would you rather accomplish what you set out to do and potentially be miserable for the rest of your life, or change gears and do exactly what you want to do? Once the stress of finals is over, it is a good idea to objectively evaluate at the direction your life is headed. Don’t be afraid to disappoint someone else as long as you aren’t disappointing yourself.

In the words of Dr. Seuss, who inspired this edition of The Northern Light, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”