I always thought that by this time in my life I’d “have it all figured out.” Well, not everything. But, I thought I would have a more clear idea by senior year of where I wanted to work and live and how to spend the rest of my life.
Well, it only takes a healthy dose of college for anyone to know that’s veryyyy unrealistic. Most “grown-ups” I talk to say they still don’t know who they are or what they want to do, so I at least take comfort in that.
There’s just no way to plan my entire life out. I know that. I’ve always known that. I’m terrible at the whole “Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?” question.
But, I have learned some cool lessons lately that have given me a great balance in life planning.
I’ve taken a bit of a break from my blog lately, mostly because I’ve been busy (trying) to figure my life out. Senior year has been amazing. I absolutely love my classes and my friends and my job and my life. But it is also so incredibly stressful.
Amidst the stress and unknowns, I have been trying this thing I call “theme planning.”
I don’t know the specifics of where my life is headed, but I’ve gathered a cluster of themes that I know I’d like to have in my life.
For me personally,
- I want to be able to travel. Whether it’s for a job or for personal leisure. I love exploration and I love seeing new things.
- I need a dynamic environment. I hate routine and new challenges are what invigorate me.
- I must pursue something that includes continual learning and pushing my intellectual boundaries.
- I am passionate about food security and sustainable agriculture production, both internationally and domestically. Whether this is a part of my job or not, I will seek to pursue ways to make this a part of my life.
So yes, I do not know what I want to do, but I do know what I want to make a part of my life. With that being said, I now know what to look for when I interview for jobs and think about graduate school.
At a crossroads in life?
I’m not here to tell you that I at all know how to figure out tough decisions. But, this whole life themes thing has really helped me out. I don’t know if I’ll get everything I want in my first go-around. But, I know what I’m looking for long-term.
That being said, my personal blogging will probably not pick up a whole lot anytime soon. I hope to post about once every month.
However, I’m still doing a lot of writing. Just (semi) more professionally. I made a portfolio of all of the projects that I’ve been working on over the last semester and I will continue to update this when I get things published. I’d really love your support by following my portfolio page. And feel free to share any of those pieces that you really like.
And, a shout-out for freelance work: If you have anything ag/science/tech related that needs written about, photographed, or designed, I’d love to help out! Give me a shout.