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. 


  1. Hi Em! I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm so happy I did! Your posts are really well done, especially this one! I appreciate your honesty and you sharing your heart through the post. It can be scary to think about the future and I'm really happy you addressed that! I'm staying tuned for more lovely posts from you! :) Keep up the good work Em!

    1. Hi! Thanks Noelle! You're too kind. C:


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