For the last four years, I’ve had a very specific plan for my life. This last semester of college I finally admitted to myself that it’s not my passion anymore. Actually writing those words just now made it all too real. I’ve had to rethink who I am, what I’m good at, and what I would enjoy doing for at least the next 10 years of my life. (Well maybe not the next 10 years but you get my drift.) I’ve done my research and I’ve listened to dozens if not hundreds of successful people talk about their own past. What I realized? No one can write your next chapter but you and so I present to you:
Writing Your Next Chapter.
This blog was meant to teach you HowtobeSocial, which is applicable to all of us. It means finding the spot in life you’re in right now and pushing your limits – creating joy in the dark spots of life. This is a journey that I’ve been taking for the past six months.
We are always asking ourselves, “what’s next?” Unfortunately, the only person who can answer that is you. Not your mom not your dad, not the friends that are around you – just you.
You might look at yourself and not see any valuable skills. When I look in the mirror I see someone that is social, competitive, and ready to take on the world. So how do I translate that into a career?
So I asked myself, what do I like? Who do I like? And even where would I want to work? After asking myself these questions – I was still lost.
I had spent so much time preparing for the future for it to just simply walk away from me – it lost its luster. I had lost my lust for life. Which is a very dangerous road to go down Even with all the preparation, that should’ve told me what to do, I couldn’t figure it out.
I sat down at my laptop and began typing out everything that had happened to me in the last year. It had become a story and I was writing out the chapters. Every success – every failure – every lesson.
Then I got to the present chapter. The one where I had to decide what to do next.
There is so much power in that moment. It honestly didn’t feel like my own life anymore. I was invested in the story.
Have you ever read a really good book? (Or maybe you could relate better to a really good movie, either way.) The kind that swallows you whole and leaves you in tears without you even noticing the first one slipping from the inner corner of your eye? Well, this was the best book I had ever read.
I looked at the character and what she had been through; I felt her pain, love, sorrows, and joys. The details kept me captivated, her tenacity made me root for her.
I read it more than once – several times actually.
I created this beautiful story about my own life (of one of the hardest years of my life) and I wanted myself to have the best next chapter yet. So… I wrote the craziest and wildest thing I could think of – something I knew would make me happy.
Keep in mind that no story character gets their happy ending without a little drama along the way – without new lessons to be learned. It would be a very boring book if the guy got the girl without a struggle or Harry had no Voldemort.
So I challenge you to challenge yourself. Write, tell, or even just think about your story. Why you are here and who you are – most importantly what do you want.
Wondering what I wrote next? Well, just wait and see, you’re not going to want to miss it…