To My Future Children

To My Future Children

If we ever meet, I know you will change my life forever.

To My Future Children,

I must admit, I don't know if I'll ever have you for I don't know my future. Currently, I am just getting by on my own and still trying to figure out what I want out of my life. I spend most of my nights worrying about school, my family, my future, work, and my social life. Occasionally, the thought of you pops into my mind for a brief moment but then my train thought wonders to more current events then future thoughts.

If we ever meet, I know you will change my life forever. Most girls my age have an idea of how many kids they want, what their names will be, and when they want to have them. For me, that's never been thought out to that extent. Instead, I've thought about where I want to travel, what law school I hope to attend, who will I work for someday, will I fail or succeed, and whether or not I'll be living in Boston or DC someday. While these have been the main thoughts that occupy my brain at the moment, that doesn't mean I've never thought about you.

I sometimes wonder if you would look more like me with wavy blonde hair and dark blue eyes or if you'd look completely different then me. Would you be short or tall? Would you play sports or would you be more artistic? Would you love dogs as much as I do? Would you be more outgoing and bold or shy and quiet? No matter what you looked like or what your personality is like, I know I would love you.

If you ever come into this world, there are a few things you should know about it. It's a strange place. Countries are at war with each other, protests happen frequently, no one seems to get along with one another, and people are constantly changing. While that's a lot of negatives, I want you to see the beauty underneath all the chaos. The beauty in how people are different and see the world differently. The beauty of learning more about yourself and what you are passionate about. The beauty of all the things nature has to offer. The beauty of freedom to think, feel, say, and believe whatever you want. I hope you wouldn't let the negatives cloud your vision of the positives.

I hope that if you ever come into this world, that it will provide you with as many laughs, memories, and lessons it has provided me with. I want you to find what makes you happy and to trust God always for He knows what is best for you and your life. If we ever meet, know that I will make mistakes but that doesn't mean I am not trying my best for you. Until the possible day we meet, I promise to help make the world a better place for you and to raise you to be the best version of yourself. While you are still a thought for the future at the moment, I hope if we ever meet you will be proud of me and happy with the life I will give you.

With love,

Your Mom

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Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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