Just Not Enough

Just Not Enough

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Each winter break, Princeton’s young adults come back home for festivities and fun with family and friends. They reminisce about their memories in Panera Bread and their walks around Palmer square. They try to relive their midnight trips to Hoagie Haven, but they can’t help but feel like it is forced. And the truth is that it is. The trips to town aren’t enough anymore. The trips to Thomas Sweet’s don't suffice. The walk to the Palmer Square Christmas tree isn’t as exciting. It is a whole new experience.

However, no one really talks about the root of the problem.

All of these people returning from college, boarding school, and study abroad programs come back as changed individuals. They have left the bubble of Princeton, New Jersey to experience the world for themselves. They’ve left their tiny hometown and have been exposed to a reality. They’ve popped their bubbles and broke their routine stops to get bubble tea and frozen yogurt to go out and experience something real that changes them. These experiences leave them wanting more. They crave to learn more, experience more, and give more. Princeton just is not enough for these individuals.

When they come back home it seems that home might not be Princeton anymore. It is a shock at first, but once the thought is digested that home is always changing these eternal members of the Princeton community realize they have the power to propel change within Princeton on their visits back. They have the power to encourage others to leave and experience something real for themselves.

But if everyone realizes that Princeton is much too small (literally and figuratively) and cannot meet the needs of its members to learn more and experience more from the world, what does this mean for Princeton as a town? Does it mean that Princeton is a bad town? Does this mean that Princeton is never going to be enough for each new generation of young adults that pass through the halls of Princeton’s high schools? No. And that is because Princeton is home for many who are content with the simplicity of their lives and the reliability of a routine. There are some members of Princeton who go on to study at Princeton University who believe that the university provides a unique experience.

It is important to note that this lifestyle is good for some, and for others…well, not so much. There are others who crave more that community of Princeton just cannot provide. But the point is, they’ll always come back. Although they’ll come back changed, they will provide a new perspective for the community and maybe even shake up that routine.

So think about your place in your community. Think about if you need to get out. If you do, you’ll find a way. But chances are, you’ll always circle back around.

Cover Image Credit: Sharbell Development Corporation Blog

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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