College or Bust vs. Dreams to Dust.
It’s that time of year again. I pass elementary children waiting on the school bus in the mornings, teenagers are at the local gas stations stocking up on Red Bull and candy to get them through their day, and others are packing up all of their belongings, saying goodbye to mom and dad, and heading off to college. I’m no longer a part of any of these groups. I’ve had my fair share of classroom time, reading books that were totally uninteresting to me, and writing countless papers that were 5-10 pages long. Don’t get me wrong, school is so very important and it can unlock doors to opportunities and a life beyond your wildest dreams, but my passion lies in other lands beyond the classroom.
After graduating last spring with my Associates of Arts degree, I began questioning myself, ‘What’s next?’ With the support of my parents and loved ones I have decided not to go to college. Now, that may seem awful to say, but it’s the first “adult” decision I’ve made on my own. After sitting in a classroom basically my entire life, I've come to realize that this is just not for me. This may sound crazy, but I’m taking at least one year off to chase my dream. Don’t get me wrong, school is super important, and I would prefer my doctor or lawyer to be highly educated (ha!), but the profession in which I’m seeking doesn’t really require hours upon hours of classroom time. I’ve decided that if this is what I really want to do with my life, then I can’t just sit around and wait for it to happen; I’ve got to make it happen. I’m not telling you to drop out high school, but I am advocating that following your dreams is nothing to be ashamed of. You should be proud that you have enough guts to step out of the “cookie cutter” line and be your own person. I figure that if God blesses you with a talent, whatever that may be, it’s your job to use it to the best of your ability. I’m excited to take this next step in my life: moving to Nashville, playing lots of shows, recording, and traveling. I leave you with a few of my favorite song lyrics and quotes about dreams. I hope the path you choose in life makes proud and most of all… happy.
“You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway” (Anyway by Martina McBride)
“I raise my hands, bow my head
I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there's more to life than just what I can see
Oh I believe” ( Believe by Ronnie Dunn)
“So I labor for hours ‘cause I know the power
Of a song when a song hits you right
Poured my soul into stories of life
Hopin' someone will hear one tonight.
Maybe my voice
Will cut through the noise
And stir up an old memory
And out of these piano keys
Comes the sound
The sound of a million dreams” (The Sound of A Million Dreams by David Nail)
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning . . . if you really want it, then you’ll make your dream happen.” (Tuesdays With Morrie : Morrie Schwartz on dreams)