How I’m trying to figure out what I want. . .

I feel the distinction between what you want to know and where you want to go in life is a very fine line. I understand that our big question in life is “Where do you see yourself in the future?” Whether it pertains to a career or a lifestyle, we have to focus on the how rather than the when. Life happens. People change. Circumstances change. But I think it’s how we handle it, is what makes our goals possible.

I have been questioned time and time again about “How did you do it?” “How and why did you buy a house?” “How are you working full time, and going to school full time?” “Why do you commute over 30 miles on a 2 hour bus ride?” And I always reply to myself, “Why not?” What am I doing with my life that is so much more important than educating myself? I am educating myself day in and day out on my community, my environment, and the change I can become within those aspects. What I seek is to become a helpful resource for those who need help.

I know this may sound strange, but all I want in life is to be able to answer a stranger’s question.

It doesn't matter what it is, I want to be able to provide a meaningful response, and let them know that I've heard them and that I am more than willing to help them. There are so many people out there that are afraid to try new things, discover new ideas, and embark on journeys that seem too difficult. I want to become a guiding hand of support, and aid in the progression of our society; not make it more difficult.

I want to have an understanding of what makes others choose the decisions that they make. I want to have a relate-able experience. I want to become the push that allows others to shape and mold their lives into something that they dream of. I personally am not afraid to take risks. And maybe with that “6th” sense that I have, I will have endless possibilities to make those connections with others.

So to be entirely honest my big question isn't so much as to “What do I want to know?” but rather, “How am I going to get there?” I understand that I need to finish school, I understand that in order to get to where I’m going, I will need to make multiple connections via networking. I will need to continue traveling. I will need to continue understanding social environments, and what this day in age calls social connectivity.

I feel as though my journey thus far is a good representation of what I am able to accomplish in the future. In the past if I wanted to know about something I went and searched for the answer. I am hoping that, with the guidance of my professors, I will have additional capabilities to help others. Taking these WSP courses has really allowed for self reflection. I know where I’ve come from, and I know where I want to be.

I am planning on studying abroad summer 2015. I hope that this experience will open my mind to a further understanding of who I am and where I want to go with my future. The big question may still be lurking over my shoulder when I’m done with this class, but I am hoping to have a better understanding of it.

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