LIZ HARROD

Lunch Date and a Little Life Discussion

In France, Travel 2011 on May 26, 2011 at 12:57 am

Sigh, sigh, sigh, there’s nothing like talking things out with a best friend.

Kel and I grabbed lunch today, sadly not at a sushi place because much to our dismay, they didn’t have a sushi train. But still, we had a lovely afternoon of lunch, followed by a bit of gelato and cafe hopping with a few bottles of wine.

Both of us are reaching points where we have some pretty big decisions to make. Unfortunately, her story isn’t mine to tell. So I’ll leave it alone. As for me, if you’ve read this blog at all, you already know most of mine.

I won’t go into much detail about our afternoon mulling over life’s little questions, but I will simply touch on one thing that we both realized about our own lives… Something I think a lot of people our age struggle with.

At the age of 25, this is the first time I haven’t had a plan.

Growing up, there was always a next step. Elementary school to junior high, junior high to high school. Get good grades and participate in extracurriculars so you can get into college. Decide what you want to do with your life, at the age of 19, so you can pick a major. Set your sights on a dream job. Set goals. Get your job…. And…..

What if it wasn’t what you thought it would be?

Here we are, we being the people of my generation, on a linear path, not necessarily knowing if it is the right path until we get sonar along, it’s hard to even see the options or choices we passed up. Some of us are so far along, we can’t even imagine leaving our current path for something else.

Some of us, like me and Kelsey, have taken a gigantic leap of faith and wandered into the woods.

I guess the result of our decision, to continue my woodland path analogy, is that there is no longer a path in front of us. So we get to cut our own. But where, when you can head in direction that you want, do you head?

At the end of the day, we know there isn’t a right answer. There is simply the choices we will make and the experiences they will bring. They will all be valid and they will all teach us something, which will in turn either lead us farther down the same path or, once again, send us in a totally new direction.

To anyone who’s part of my generation and reading this, don’t be afraid to steer away from your carefully laid plans. Despite the stress that not knowing can cause, there is so much more to gain by letting your life be a bit of a choose your own adventure rather than a carefully planned chain of events.

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