Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Little Quarter-Life Crisis

I'm done. Finished. Complete.

My Bachelor degree is all wrapped up with a little bow on top. I have taken my last final, submitted my last papers, and paid my University parking ticket. The only thing left is to walk across that stage, and pick up my diploma holder (our actual diplomas will be mailed next week).

Now that all that is over and done with, I'm struck with a sense of crisis. What will I do with my life now?!
  • Graduate school? (Maybe.... that is yet to be decided)
  • Work? (Most definitely. But where?)
  • Time off? (Probably not.... I love working too much. Plus, I'd feel guilty leaving my patients.)
  • Move out of my parents' house? (That is a BIG goal of mine.... I'm ready to move out. I think they are ready too.)
  • Buy a new car? (I'd love too. But don't know what I want, or how much I should really spend.)
  • Volunteer? (This is a priority of mine... but there are too many places to choose from! I need to whittle down my choices into a select few.)
  • Dedicate more time to my faith and God? (This is #1 for me. I feel like I finally will have the time to pray, read my Bible, and attend Bible study like I have wanted to.)
But I feel like I still need to do more. Like just doing all those things isn't enough. I'm so used to spending all my time occupied with doing things, that just working alone isn't enough to satisfy me. I need to stay busy.

So, I've decided, after much thought (okay, not much really; more like just a whim), that I want to take up a new hobby.

Several people I know are into this hobby, and I respect the work, time, and effort they put into it so much. They are able to create beautiful art; art that inspires me to want to do the same. I know it will take a lot of work, but I feel like now is the perfect time for me to start.

So, for a graduation present to myself, I am purchasing the first major tool need for this hobby. It's a big commitment, but one that I am so excited to play with, learn about, and experiment on.

So, look for a post very soon regarding my purchase and all the fun I plan to have with it.


Mandy McMahan said...

Woo-hoo! So excited to hear about your new hobby! Of course. :) I would love to go shooting with you (this is a much different kind of a shooting than you're probably already used to and the kind that scares me) sometime! I have learned from so many people and gotten so many tips from others and I'd love to pass on some of the knowledge.

Hope you had a fantastic baccalaureate tonight and everything tomorrow is so memorable. We are so sorry we can't be there to celebrate with you. We have a gift for you and will bring it down when we come to celebrate Mother's Day with Pam on Sunday.

Can't wait to see pictures you'll start posting!