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Monday, February 10, 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 2


I am sorry for the delay in Day 2's post! I was at a retreat this weekend with the other editors of the university newspaper, so I didn't exactly have time to sit down and blog. But alas, here is "Day 2" of my 30 Day Blog Challenge.

Today's Topic: "Where you'd like to be in 10 years"

Why did I decide to do a 30 day challenge again?

10 years from now  I will be 31 years old. First of all, that just sounds foreign and old. People complain at 21 that they feel "ancient," but 31? That's when you're really racking in the numbers.

However, I'd rather not look at it as old. I'd like to think that at 31 years old I will be living life for myself and that I will be well into discovering who I am and what my purpose is in this world.

That's right, I said discovering. Whoever told you that at some specified age you are supposed to have it all together and know exactly who you are must be missing a screw somewhere in their noggin. Now I will admit, I was definitely one of the confused folk and thought that as a 21-year-old junior in college I should have my whole life figured out, but it was my dad who thankfully helped set me straight. He laughed and sympathized with me when I thought my life was falling apart (when really I was just having one of those college student anxiety moments), telling me that he didn't even have his life figured out yet. Upon hearing that I decided to readdress the age of "having it all together."

After some quick calculations, I came up with a new answer: never.

What does "having it all together" mean anyways? Life is a journey, and as such you are set on the task of figuring things out the entire time. I used to wish that my life was straight out of a movie like "The Lord of the Rings" or "Star Trek" because the characters were always on grand adventures. Now I realize that my life is nothing like those movies, it's better. I have so many cooler adventures than Frodo or James T. Kirk (even though I would take the chance to explore space on the USS Enterprise without a moment's hesitation). With all of my cool life adventures going on, I guarantee that as an old woman I still won't have it together. That could be due to the fact that I'm not exactly a "having it together" person, but I think that still applies to everyone. If there is someone out there who truly believes they have life all figured out, please let me know. I would love to learn your secrets.

So with that in mind, in 10 years I may not know who exactly I am or have it all together, but I would like to have matured. I will be 10 years older, you know. If haven't matured, then that's pretty sad. I will be so annoyed with myself. I would like the fact that I will have lived another 10 years from today be visible in the idea that I am wiser and stand just a little taller.

I would also like to have a family of my own, especially a husband that still gives me those strange butterflies in my stomach when I see him or that Cloud 9 dizziness when we kiss. He will know how to laugh and have silly moments, but will also help me to remember when it is time to be serious. My family will be strong within one another and a great support system. I am sitting here with a toothy grin on my face as I type, because I am so pumped to meet them. Shout out to my future fam, you all are the best.

In 10 years, I want to be acting. Yes, I know I am in school for broadcast journalism, but my true passion lies in acting. I love being able to tell a story and escaping reality for a little while. I am taking an acting class right now for my theatre minor and I am so excited to go to class every time. I find pure bliss in acting, and that's something that you can't pass up in life. I have a large imagination for someone my age, which can be both a good and bad thing, but it makes a career in acting seem inevitable for my future plans. When I think about my future, I haven't seen one that doesn't involve me acting.

It's not about the money, either. I would be happily broke for the rest of my life as long as I have my family by my side. I would love to live in California, but that doesn't mean I need to live in Beverly Hills. I could be very content with a simple life under the sun with my dreamy husband at my side, living life as it comes and taking every obstacle it throws at us in stride.

However, that doesn't mean you aren't going to see me at the Academy Awards. Just because Leonardo DiCaprio is clearly having some struggles securing an Oscar award doesn't mean I will. In fact, in 10 years I would love to have an Oscar award already on my shelf. Boom.

I would also like to star in a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and own a teacup pig. But hey, these are just details.

Until Day 3 of the Blog Challenge,
Leah

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