This weeks blog is a little different, but I hope you enjoy nonetheless.
When I was 18 years old, the plans I had for my life where so vastly different than they are today, and I can almost guarantee that when I am 28 years old, my dreams will look different then than they do today as well. I believe that one of the most beautiful – and equally terrifying – mysteries of life is that no matter how much you plan, hope, and dream for and about the future, you will never fully know what it has in store for you until it arrives. There is beauty in the endless possibilities as to where you could end up, but it is frightening all the same to realize that the future makes no guarantees; there is splendor when we see and realize the desires of our hearts, but feeling assured in those desires is far harder than meets the eye.
We so often hear the phrase, “change is inevitable”, and for a long time, it was an idea that instilled fear deep within me. It is only recently that I have begun to see the idea of change in a different light. The beautiful thing about change is that through the process, growth in bound to occur. Growth comes from learning from our mistakes. It comes from making connections and allowing ourselves to take root where we are planted. It comes from blossoming into one’s full potential in the last place it was expected. It comes from being challenged – from leaning into the challenges that coincide with change instead of stepping away from them. For the first time in a long time, I have the confidence to lean into that uncertainty with the knowledge that I am more prepared and capable than I realize.
I am not sure where I will end up after completing my master’s degree. My areas of interest are vast – education, literacy, leadership, international development, and research are just a few – and I like to cast a wide net when considering opportunities for the future. However, what I do know is that no matter where I end up and no matter what I decide to pursue beyond my master’s degree, I am becoming more equipped each and every day to be a world-changer. It is not only the knowledge and skills that I have learned in and outside the classroom that equip me, but also the personal growth that has occurred within me over the past year. The tools that have been added to my toolbox over the last twelve months – whether that be via the skills I have learned during class or the connections I have made with those around me – are the brick and mortar to the foundation of my future, and it is via this firm foundation that I seek to continue sprouting, growing, and blooming, into the person and professional I am to become.
I have big dreams and deep desires for how I wish to see the world revolve. For me, it looks like a radical transformation from education poverty to total equality and access to education on a global scale. It looks like demonstrating servant leadership and teaching others how to do the same. It looks like fighting for gender equality to ensure global prosperity. I am confident that I have been equipped to tackle these big issues, but I know that it impossible to change the world alone. However, standing side-by-side with other like-minded and passionate individuals, I know we possess the power to change the world.
Until next time,