No One Can Predict The Future, So You'll Be Okay

It's Okay To Have A Vague Life Plan, Because No One Can Predict The Future

Because the truth of the matter is, no one knows what the future holds.

The Scenario

Imagine this: It's Christmas Break and you are fresh out of Fall semester, with weeks to decompress and plenty of time-finally-to figure yourself and your goals out. Which is definitely easier said than done, but hey, it's gotta happen at some point. As you sit around the dinner table on Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Festivus, whatever floats your boat, your family shoots questions a million miles a minute about your major, your love life or lack thereof, and your big plans for the future. And if you're anything like me, you don't really have one of those yet.

A plan, that is. And your family might not understand that, and they probably won't understand your major if it's not Pre-Med or engineering, and that's okay. They most likely won't be on board with you buying a ticket to Bali tomorrow like you really want to, in order to add some "worldly perspective" to your life. Didn't work for me, might not work for you either. And that's okay. It's really going to be okay. And here's why.

The Dealio

Creating a life plan is something that is necessary so you can point your sails in the right direction rather than casting a net out to who-knows-where and just hoping it'll land in the right place. Which, to be honest, is exactly what I have been doing throughout the duration of my college career, and still am doing because figuring out what to do for the rest of your life is hard and difficult work, people! Family, I am looking at you! And that's okay; but some people over the holidays may not understand your vague life outline and your current goals, and to be fair, the outline of my own plan is pretty blurry to me too, so I wouldn't expect them to see it better than me anyway.

If you are one of the lucky ones that has a solid plan, that's great! Run with it and turn it into a passion that you can't wait to talk about if someone asks you about it at dinner. When we rode home from my Grandma's house on Christmas, my dad was going to ask a family member that couldn't make it to dinner about something he wanted to know about in his line of work, construction, in order to learn more about building a new house. My mom said from the passenger seat, "I'm sure he's glad he couldn't make it today so he didn't have to talk about his job while trying to relax and celebrate". Which is true for many people, sadly.

They'd rather forget they have a job and never think about it until they absolutely have to. And that's okay, but I personally am looking forward to the day I can find myself a future that I will be over-the-moon excited to tell people about. I want to seek people out to listen to me ramble about how much I love my career because I am just that dang passionate about it. And sure, I haven't figured out what that career will be, but that's okay.

We're all in this crazy, wild ride together, whether you know what you want to do or not. Because the truth of the matter is, no one knows what the future holds. None of us do, even the sure-fire future lawyers and doctors. Who knows what will become of the world in fifteen years? No one does, and that's the beauty of the future. It's ours to create. So let's get creative and design one we all are excited to live in.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.


The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!


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