There is so much comfort in being a college student. Yes, perhaps, maintaining your GPA alone didn’t always feel like comfort, but the beauty of college is that you have four years to dream, to try new things, to enjoy the freedom of being young and to live in the moment with no worries about what tomorrow brings (well, sometimes). My point is that, like many people say, cherish your college days and make the most out of it, have fun, embrace opportunities to grow, fail fast and learn faster, yada, yada, yada. I believe you’ve heard these pieces of advice a million times already.
I must say that I couldn’t agree more with some of these. With two months into my national service internship, I often miss the freedom of being a college student. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I am truly blessed with the most reasonable and selfless boss and co-workers. However, I feel as though there is so much pressure on me (98% self-induced) to make the right decisions that will be of great benefit to my life for as long as I live.
Life has suddenly become a rollercoaster of making wise spending decisions, keeping in mind the value of saving and investing, sleeping and waking up early, and working productively from 8 am to 5 pm (sometimes longer) five times a week on average. While many of these decisions rely on self-control, effective time management, and common sense, I think the biggest decision that rattles my nerves every day is the fear of settling
It is so easy to become comfortable in a daily work routine (especially when you like/ don’t mind what you do and get paid well for it) and end up putting aside (for lack of a better phrase) your deepest dreams and desires. It is a dilemma many people fall victim to and realize so late in life how much they have missed.
Truth is, there is a world of knowledge to look forward to and the opportunity to live your wildest dreams. I think that life will be incomplete and unfulfilled if we never make the effort to always challenge ourselves to make the most out of it.
Each day, I try to remind myself of what matters most to me, and I think you should too. It keeps me sane. It’s always a helpful reminder of what you are living for and why that’s so important to you and to the world.
But don’t stop at only motivating yourself with these thoughts. Make it a point to do what you dream. Certain dreams may be best implemented in the future, but that doesn’t mean you cannot begin getting there now with little, daily steps. Instead of binging on those bootlegged series after work or on the weekends, use that time to do the things you care most about. That’s not to say that do not relax and unwind when you’re exhausted (rest is essential to keep you going), but use up your time with purpose.
If you happen to be in the same boat as me, feeling afraid to settle and wondering how to explore your deepest desires, then you should know that I’m just learning these things as well. I’m still trying to be more purposeful and intentional about everything I do every day to make sure that I’m realizing my dreams.
So join me in my quest to not settle for life now as it is, and let’s enjoy building the future we desire.