What should I do with the rest of my life? A post of discernment.
I've been thinking a lot recently about what to do with my life. I suppose that's to be expected, because within a few short months, I'll be starting my Senior year of college. This brings up a lot of questions, especially what to do afterward.
I really, truly love to sing. Not just singing in the shower--I love singing opera. I love finding an aria, struggling through melismas and difficult passages in languages that I barely speak and, and coming out at the other end of the tunnel completely nailing it. If I go for an extended period of time without singing, I get cranky and physically hurt. I honestly can't see myself not singing in my future.
That being said, I would love to be able to go to graduate school for Opera. There's a really great opera studio program at University of Maryland that my mentor has mentioned (that he said would be a great fit for me), but I can't help but worry at the competitive field I would need to break into after two more years of school. In addition, with my knee injuries and recent awful flare-ups of chronic knee pain, I worry that I won't be able to do much moving at all. Finally, I worry about paying out of pocket for graduate school. I will be lucky enough to graduate from college debt free next spring, but I am anxious about how to accumulate funds for the next step.
That being said, there are also a lot of other things that I would love to do with my life: achieve financial independence, start a small soap and cosmetics company, and be able to support myself with freelance blogging, artistry, and video-making. I can't see myself doing one thing for the rest of my life, but I don't know what I can fit into my future.
Anyway, I know I have a lot to think about. I really just needed to write these things down, and I don't anticipate making a decision any time soon (although I really, really need to), but I have hope that one day I'll know exactly what I want to do with my life--and that I'll run right out there and do it.