No one ever said I had to have my life planned out by the time I turned 20, I am 19 and don’t plan on having a plan anytime soon. I never did have a plan to begin with actually, I did what ever “normal” high school graduate does, went away to school for a semester, and then I realized that I hated my school and everything about it, I was unhappy. I dropped out for a week during winter break, and I regretted it. I was unable to follow through; what was I going to do next? So the week passed and I enrolled in community college (also know as Hell on earth). I was miserable for the spring semester, normally I can make friends anywhere I go, and I take pride in that but not this time. I smiled at no one and talked to as little people as possible. And I was fine with that because for the first time I did not need to try anything or do anything but get my work done and go home, relax and read.

But I knew I needed to do something, I was missing something. I knew what I needed to do; travel. I signed up a volunteer organization that was 10 months long and allowed you to travel and do some good in the world. I signed up without thinking twice.

This program currently ends June 14th 2013- I am currently serving. This is probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I have faced challenges that many people won’t normally experience. That being said this is one of the most rewarding times of my life. I never imagined myself being in situations living with the same 8 people for 10 months of my life, eating, working, sleeping, breathing together for better or worse we became a family; a family of survivors. I have gained patience beyond my wildest dreams, I have matured in the workplace like I could have never imagined.

Now as my year is coming to a close, what do I do next? I will let the universe unfold as it may and figure it out as I go.

The twenties are meant to be confusing, I am meant to find different places to live and explore, different people to explore.

I think I am ready to face the world, I don’t think the world is ready for me though.
-S

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