Thursday, December 3, 2015

This I Believe--Natalie

What’s Next?
            At some point in your life you will ask yourself what’s next, what do I do now? As you take steps in life this is a frequently asked question to not only yourself, but to others as well. When you learn to drive or graduate from high school there are questions that follow these major steps in life.  Like what’s next?
            What do I do now that I’m out of high school? What is going to happen next? What steps do I take next? Those are only a couple of questions that I faced when leaving high school and being considered somewhat an adult. You never know what exactly is going to happen next, no one ever will. Having a game plan going into your first year of college or starting a new job is the best method I believe, like what field you are wanting to major in or if you are going to start at a two year school where will you go to finish. You may still ask yourself what’s next, but it won’t be because you don’t know but simply because you aren’t sure what to do in the situation you are put in.
All throughout life there are several decisions that are faced with growing older like simple decisions and more in depth decisions that will affect the rest of your life and you don’t want to be burdened with the what if’s. Some people are certain and know step by step what they are going to take throughout their career path, but there may be some bumps that appear along the way and it all depends on how you deal with the bump in the road to get back on the right track. Even if the bump may be bigger than you think and takes longer to overcome it’s all part of the plan.
            Since I have graduated my life has made a complete 360 degree turn I believe for the better. Starting my first year of college I was two hours away from home living the college athlete life trying to become a nursing major. I was constantly asking myself what’s next, because I was not mentally ready to manage everything that was on my schedule. Some days I felt there was not enough hours in the day to possibly get everything done and some days I felt that I had no clue what I was going to happen the next day. I contemplated several life changing decisions because of the circumstances that I was put in. No, I do not regret going to be a college athlete. I loved every minute of it and miss it like crazy, but now I can say that I am more focused on my career and education than ever before and I do not question myself or doubt myself like before.

            Questions are bound to appear with the process of life whether it be about world crime, politics, personal decisions or a career path. There are several instances that I’ve asked What’s next, for example when you are going through a really tough time in your life and you feel the need to give up because nothing is going right, you simply ask what’s next. 

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