The Future IS Bright.

by Danica on May 21, 2013

Jesse and I spent this past weekend with my family celebrating my sister’s high school graduation.

brooke & i graduation

Words truly can’t describe how incredibly proud we are of her.

family at graduation reception

We had a great weekend catching up with family, cleaning the house for the reception ;) and celebrating the beautiful woman (inside and out) my sister has become.

Oh, and I definitely didn’t keep that promise about not crying at the ceremony…I lost it early on…

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As with most high school graduation ceremonies, there were student speakers – 5 for this particular night.

And if you’ve ever been to a high school graduation (after your own), you know exactly how cheesy those speeches are.  “The future is yours to hold…You can do anything you set your mind to…Go out and make all your dreams come true…” and so on.

As I sat in the audience listening to those corny speeches (I was one of those cheeseballs 5 years ago, mind you), I couldn’t help but drift off and think about my own life and how it’s changed since graduated high school.

I’m not happy doing the work I’m doing right now, but I know what it is I want to be doing “for a living.”  I’m not doing it yet, but I’m hoping I will be sooner than later.

Are the people around me thinking the same thing?  Is that 40-year-old woman still saying that she hopes to do what she loves some day?  Is that grandfather thinking about how much he wishes he would’ve tried a little harder to make his dreams come true?

I don’t know if any of those people were thinking those things, but I decided right there in that gym that I did not want to find myself, years and years from now, sitting at a graduation, listening to how “dreams really can come true” but thinking about how wrong that is and that life just doesn’t work that way.

Because you know what?  I think it does.  I think life really is about all of those cliches.  Isn’t it too damn short for it not to be?!

I don’t absolutely love the work I’m doing right now, and in just 2 days, I’ll be finished with it…In just 2 days, I get to start chasing after the dreams I have….I get to follow through on the things I learned at an amazing meeting I had with a professional in this new field last night…I get to truly start chasing my dreams…

Things won’t happen overnight.  Heck, I don’t even know if they’ll happen in a year or two.  But my gosh, I’m determined to make them happen no matter how long it may take me.  I’m determined to do what I love and work in a field I’m truly passionate about.

Maybe the future really is mine to create….

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1 Jessie May 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Follow your dreams love <3
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2 Danica May 23, 2013 at 7:17 am

right back at you, girl :)

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3 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run May 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Danica, I love this. I can relate to sooo many things you just said. I’m also not doing what I want to yet, but in the next few months, I’ll be able to start pursuing what I really want to be doing and I can’t wait! Yay for following our dreams and here’s to making those cheesy speeches a reality :)
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4 Danica May 23, 2013 at 7:19 am

Good for you, Alyssa!!
We’ll have to fill each other in on how things are going!

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5 Allison @ Life's a Bowl May 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

I can relate to your feelings and went through a similar situation last year – sending lots of positive vibes your way! Hooray for one chapter ending and another beginning… Enjoy!
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6 Danica May 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

Thanks so much, Allison!
It’s scary making a big change but I just have to believe that it’ll all be worth it.

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7 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 22, 2013 at 7:19 am

Yes, I do believe in those cliches! In seven days, I will be in the same place that you are, and yes it’s scary, but it’s also really exciting! Congratulations to your sister! Good luck with your journey — it will all work out :)!
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8 Danica May 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

Thanks Emily :)
Anytime you want to chat – I’m here!

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9 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

I am so excited for you (and for me…since I think we are in similar positions, although perhaps different fields and on different specific paths)! I have just a few weeks left and then I am moving on to a new dream.

I have to say, that there are PLENTY of women–my ‘blog mom’ being one of them–in their 40s (or 50s!) who still aren’t sure they’ve done what they set out to do, or what they dreamed they’d be doing. I am so happy that despite the fact that I’ve moved so many times, had so many jobs, and just been a bit of a wandering soul since I graduated from college, I at least took the opportunities that were offered to me, whether or not they turned out for the good, bad, or still to be determined. :)
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10 Danica May 23, 2013 at 7:24 am

I was SO excited when I read your news/plans on your blog, Sarah!!
And yes, I hear all the time from older (than me) women that they too aren’t sure what they want to be doing, so it’s totally “normal” to feel that way…I’m hoping, though, that by searching out what I truly want to be doing now, instead of wishing/dreaming/hoping away my time in 20 years, I’ll be doing something I absolutely love.

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11 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom May 22, 2013 at 8:15 am

The future is definitely bright! I think I’m lucky because I found what I wanted to do and what I loved at an early age. In undergrad, I knew that marine biology was exactly what I had envisioned it to be when I was a little girl and told my mom I wanted to be a marine biologist. I’m lucky that I had internships that fostered my love for education and the environment. I’m lucky that I’m in a grad program that I love and that I most likely have a job right after graduation that I KNOW I will love. Keep following your dreams! Can’t wait to hear what’s in store for you!
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12 Danica May 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

I’m so happy to hear that, Rachel….so happy that you’re doing what you love and you’re excited about your future in that field!! (which is an awesome field, by the way :)

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13 Amanda @runtothefinish May 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

so funny because yes they are totally cliche…and yes I think they have survived so long because they really are true!! I can’t remember what I said in my high school speech, but I think it took me a good 8 years post college to really start living it!
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14 Danica May 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Isn’t it crazy how fast that time goes?!

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15 Heather @fitncookies May 22, 2013 at 11:30 am

This is such a great reminder!! Only 2 more days! You can do it :) I hope to find our your new plans soon, and hope they are going well!! :)
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16 Danica May 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

Thanks, Heather!! I really appreciate it <3

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17 Laura May 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

1. I love that black lace top you are wearing in the first picture. 2. Congrats to your sister

and Mainly…this was a great post and great reminder, the future is ours to choose and make our own. For a LONG time I was on a path to “become” one thing, and as time went on I faded and didn’t want to do it. My parents got so mad at me for taking time off school and working odd jobs to get by until I figured out what I wanted to do. But at the end of the day I could support myself, pay the bills and I was happier than I was when I was in school. 6 months ago I was given an opportunity to try something new, and I took it. And now it’s turned into a career that I love. It is not the path that I thought I would take nor was it straight path but that life, and the future is a wonderful thing to look forward to and make our own.
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18 Danica May 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Laura-reading this comment was so incredibly inspiring…I give you major credit for doing what YOU wanted to do, rather than what others expected of you, because everyone knows that is anything but easy…thanks so much for sharing that <3

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19 Sarah Jean May 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

You are a beautiful, inspiring person Danica. Congrats to your sis! Keep chasin your dreams. I’m excited to chase mine as well! :) miss you

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20 Danica May 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Aw thanks Sarah Jean :) I miss you. We should catch up sometime! Are you still living in the cities? I may be headed that way in a couple of weeks!

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21 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections May 24, 2013 at 8:26 am

Love this! I haven’t been to a high school graduation since my own, but just thinking about it makes me think of all the corniness. I don’t think it’s false hope either, though. I think it’s all about your attitude and mindset in life. If you think you’re never going to be happy doing what you’re doing, you won’t be!

I think life doesn’t usually turn out the way or order we expect it to, but we can still make the best of whatever situation we are in or strive to move somewhere better. I hope you get to enjoy what you do soon. I totally know the feeling.
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22 Danica May 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I absolutely agree that life just doesn’t turn out the way that we plan for it to or expect it to, and I mean that in the best way! My life is so different than I would have predicted when I was that age, but I wouldn’t change a single thing, not even this tough time I’m going through right now trying to figure out what I really want to do. I know there’s a greater plan!

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