When my dream didn’t go the way I expected, I shut down and tried to move on. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, it didn’t go away at all. In fact it got stronger and more intense. As I mentioned in the previous post, my dream was all about me and what I was going to accomplish. During this period of despair the Lord quickly showed me my passions and dreams were given to me to help others.
Often we move on once a dream or goal doesn’t go the way we planned. I believe this is the best part and the opportunity for us to really grow as a person and perhaps be led in an entirely new direction. Or, simply find reassurance that we are on the right track. Jeff Goins writes in The In-Between that we are missing out on life when we continually look to and wait on the next big thing to happen.
When my law school dream died it didn’t take away my plans at all, it just moved them. Will I be a lawyer or a judge? No. But, I have learned a tremendous amount about myself and what I want to do with my career and life at this point. I believe there is a lot to add to the field of public policy and I have not given up the overall dream I had so many years ago.
Now, where am I on this journey today? I am completing my Masters in Public Policy. I am currently writing my thesis and hope to complete it and graduate by late spring, early summer of 2014. You see, I wasn’t ready for law school or the added workload it would have required. How often do we think we are ready for something when in reality we need a few more years of experience, a few more years of maturing, or just a few more years of figuring things out? I am a firm believer in things happening for a reason. I don’t believe in luck or concidences.
Is there a time in your life when you waited and waited and nothing happened? What did you do in the meantime? I was not as productive during my years of waiting as I would have liked, but I still learned a great deal from my experience.
But for now, be encouraged! You are where you are for a reason. You may not be able to see it or understand all that is going on but hang on. I don’t say that as a simple line to sound cheesy, I really mean it and am there myself. Ask others you trust to let you know that they see in you: talents, skills, experiences. You may be surprised at where you are and where you are going. Looking forward to where the journey leads for all of us!