By Nicolette Audino
When I was four years old, I wanted nothing more than to be a princess. I thought that if I wore a tiara around and kissed a few frogs, I would eventually find a prince and become a princess.
I closed my eyes and I prayed every day to become a princess. On my fifth Halloween, my mom surprised me with an extravagant costume. It was so pink and fluffy and glamorous, and that October 31st, I got to be a full-on princess.
At 13 years old, I wanted nothing more than for my middle school crush to like me. I invited him over to hang out and watch movies and have my mom make us peanut butter sandwiches so we could eat them together in our backyard.
I got to the floor every night and I prayed for him to like me. One day, it was raining outside-and we were forced to hang out inside. That day, he planted my first kiss on my lips. That October 18th, my crush liked me.
We are nearing our last few years of school. We are older now, and our dreams and aspirations are much more meaningful and more difficult to fulfill. It may sound scary, but “the real world” is quickly approaching, but this is our chance to really make things happen and realize our dreams.
Some may know exactly where the next few years will lead them – maybe it will be to medical school, to be a neurosurgeon, or to get your Master’s to become a Chemistry teacher. Some may take a year off to travel, and others may feel lost in their decision-making path. Some may be established in their majors, and others may be completely undecided.
At a time where we are close to the end of our education and looking toward our future, it is time to find what means most to you – find the dream you want to follow.
Our life journeys won’t be as easy as having our moms sew up a Halloween costume that we put on and suddenly become a princess.
Trying to fulfill our dreams gets tough and frustrating, but the exciting part of is that our journeys never end.
Think about what you really want to do in your life – what is something that can make you laugh, cry, feel emotional, and feel connected with?
Forget about the pay or the bumpy road you will have to take to get there. If you want it enough, you will get there no matter what.
If your dream is really worth it, it will give you the exciting and satisfying feeling that you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing with your life when you wake up every morning.
Some readers may be freshman, some of you may be seniors, but it is never too early or too late to figure out what your dreams are.
No matter how outrageous or how costly or ridiculous sounding they may be, your dreams are extremely important. They should be sacred and taken seriously.
It may be something you wanted to do but never thought you actually could put it into fruition, or something you forgot about over the years.
Whatever it is, find your passion and run with it. Only you have the power to make your dreams come true—so what are you waiting for?