I recently took it upon myself to apply for Grad School. I am 24 years old, a recent college graduate and have spent the last year working a job in a modern corporate-esque atmosphere. Now, I want to be clear, that my bosses and colleagues are all wonderful people, and the work I do is honest and I work very hard at it. I have been successful with this type of work, and I consider myself pretty good at what I do. But I have bigger dreams.
I cannot tell you how many days I have spent pining for a lifestyle that does not revolve around the traditional 9-5 in a cubicle or office. I am either unable or unwilling to settle for a lifestyle many might consider to be safe or even ideal. I view sitting in a cubicle all day to be the definition of a spiritual death. I cannot move mountains when I spend 8 hours of my day doing work I find meaningless and soul sucking. After work I still make an effort to work out and push myself, but I can feel my optimism draining each day just a little bit more. I can feel my body changing as it sits quietly at a desk day after day. I can feel the visions of my youth fading as I type up reports and do “Good Work”.
Making the Dream a Reality
Then one day, I decided I couldn’t do this anymore. I was fed up. I knew that doing anything worthwhile with my life did not involve this 9-5 or any other traditional or socially accepted “safe” career. I decided that for me, I wanted to learn more about Religion and Christ, and began applying to grad schools for Seminary. I was determined to find a way out, and I carefully crafted my admission essays and made the best possible impressions during my entrance interviews. Then came the long period of waiting while I continued to work, but I found the work easier as I knew that I was working towards a way out. Some time later, I was notified of my acceptance and given substantial scholarships for a highly regarded Seminary. I was overjoyed. Receiving the news while still at work I jumped for joy and went home happier than I have been in living memory. I knew I was free.
I relate this story, not to tempt you into a ore religious lifestyle, but because if you are anything like me or you also feel dissatisfied with your work or career, there are other options. My path was towards a religious life but your path can and probably will differ significantly. That’s okay! I just wanted to highlight by example that you have not been sentenced to a life of mediocrity and quiet despair.
You can make your dreams come true, but that doesn’t mean that it will become easy or free. If you have to take on some debt or work late to make your dreams come true, I promise you it is worth it. Whatever it takes, as long as you invest in yourself you are capable of living the life of your dreams. Don’t give up on your dream job, do something to make that dream closer to reality today. Write that book you’ve been dreaming about, take that trip, go on that date. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, and you owe it to yourself to live a life worth living.