Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Let Go to Live

Senior year is all about making plans. For those of you either in your senior year of college or even high school, you know exactly what I am talking about. The first couple years, graduation seemed like a lifetime away. You lackadaisically trudged from class to class—hardly thinking beyond the homework due the next day. In fact, your weekend plans often trumped the worries of any petty assignments. Suddenly, you’re a senior and you’ve never felt so much pressure before.

“So where are you going to go next year?”
“What are you going to do after you graduate?”
“Who are you going to spend your time with?”

All of these questions quickly spiral towards you, both internally and externally. Each time you freeze and wonder when the answers will finally become clear to you. To make matters worse, you may have had a plan for your life. Look back on your life a year ago and you had the answers to all of those questions laid out—nothing to worry about. 

I will be the first to admit that I am a person who does not handle change well. Being the Type-A girl that I am, I prefer things to run the way I have nicely mapped them out to be. However, it’s no secret that life doesn’t always go the way we plan. Yet, at the same time, isn’t that also the beauty of it? 

 I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed the other day (putting off my internship applications) when I came across this pin:
a year ago
As I read it, I began thinking about my life a year ago and it’s absolutely true. I never would have imagined my life to be going in the direction that it currently is. At the same time, as I worry about my future plans, I imagine next year will be the same story. The truth of the matter is that we really can only plan so much of our life in advance. Sure, we can make preparations and strive for goals, but part of the beauty of life is watching it all fall into place. 

So as I sit here, staring at my long list of dietetic internship choices, wondering where I am going to be, what I am going to do, and who I am going to spend my time with, my mind is filled with a different perspective. I have faith that, though the future may be a scary concept, it is also the most incredible journey we will ever set sail on. We need only to pack up and take off fearlessly. Let go of your past and truly enjoy the ride to the destination where you are meant to be. 
Photo courtesy of my friend, Emily