The Future

The future is daunting.

Trying to figure out your next steps and trying to navigate this crazy world is scary. The problem for many is trying to figure out what they are actually looking for. The late teens to early twenties are a time of tremendous exploration and new adventures but is also a time of great change and growth. Expecting this age group to pinpoint what they want to do for the rest of their lives is a crazy expectation, considering how much growing and maturing goes on during these years, yet the norm is to have individuals during this time choose their path. Deciding upon a major is one of the most difficult decisions that a college student will make because you are choosing something that will set you on a path for the rest of your life.The thought of making the wrong choice after spending so much time and money on the future is one that propels individuals to think long and hard about their goals. How can we be expected to plan out the rest of our lives now when we have so much more of it to live. It is simply too complex of a decision. The only thing you can hope for is that you are able to find the small things to find happiness and joy in alone the way,while at the same time try to figure out what your life will become.

The Future

Are we being true to ourselves?

Are we being true to ourselves? I can’t help but wonder how often we are being completely true to ourselves and what we believe in. In a society that is covered with social media outlets that spout article after article, television shows that show the glamorous and not so glamourous, and the many different options that can circulate throughout a household or within a school. How often are our opinions influenced by the many opinions around us? It is very difficult not to think differently about certain things when the countless arguments/opinions about the issues are given to you in so many different forms. We are products of our environment, so it is easy to assume that our opinions can be skewed from what we truly feel, to what is expected or just what is easy. One example is political perspectives, which is a big topic in the media right now with the presidential election coming to a head and it is said that 7 in 10 teens say their social and political ideology is about the same as their mom and dad’s. It can also be shown that many teens feel more pressure to attend certain colleges based on where their parents or grandparents attended school. Lastly, our personal image of ourselves can be dramatically altered because of the world of celebrities and what kind of people are being celebrated in our society. So, how many things in our lives are actually all based on our own beliefs? How much is based on influential factors? We need to do a better job of not allowing ourselves to be influenced by others or by the media. It is a hard thing to do seeing as their are influential factors everywhere. It is hard to know for sure how much of ourselves have been influenced by others, but is something to think about the next time you make a decision. If it is truly your decision.img_0667

Are we being true to ourselves?