Thursday, November 13, 2014

Does Your "Next Move" Have to be Your "Calling"?

Before we jump into our first "Think About it Thursday" let me give you a little info as to what this type of post is all about. Basically this is where we ask (and hopefully answer) any burning questions we're dying to know. Everything from dealing with careers, dating culture, family dynamics, you name it! This is where we also want to hear from you! Do you agree with us? Have you experienced these dilemmas too? WE WANT TO KNOW! So, let's get started! Maybe we can figure out this crazy thing called life together!

This week we're thinking about the question: Does your "next move" have to be your "calling"?



So I'm just going to vent for a second. People are always saying to me, "Enjoy your twenties! Travel! Try new things! Follow your dreams!" Ok, first of all, how do you expect 20-somethings to travel? WE'RE ALL BROKE! Second of all, yes I will definitely try new things. As long as these new things don't get my heart broken, ruin my career, or cause me to go into even more debt. Third of all, when you say "Follow your dreams" you are assuming that I actually have one. Perhaps I'm strange because although I wouldn’t change my college experience for anything, I left with even less of an idea of what path I should take after than when I began.

Now don't misunderstand, I haven't just been sitting on my bum the past year and a half, I've gained a bunch of experience through jobs, internships and random other things. But experience for what is the question that's been gnawing at the back of my mind. Were all those "moves" for nothing? Are they not leading me closer to my calling? What the heck is my calling anyway?!



With lots of thought, prayer and near mental breakdowns, I feel like I can answer the big question: Does your "next move" have to be your calling? For me the answer is "technically…No". Sort of half-hearted but you'll get where I'm coming from.

The career choices I make at this moment in my life don't have to be the ones I'll live with forever. Will they even resemble my true calling? Perhaps not but I'll let you know when I figure out what that is. Although these wonderful little pieces that make up my life now may not be my calling, they are certainly leading me to it. Maybe these are the paths that are leading me to a greater purpose. Who knows? Maybe my story won't be one single calling but many smaller still equally significant callings all built together forming my life exactly how it was meant to be. Kind of like how it's said in the cute little quote found on Pinterest.


If you've found you're calling that's wonderful! Enjoy it! But if you're not sure if you've made it there, or even figured it out for that matter, don't be discouraged. Your life still has meaning! The seemingly insignificant moments of your life may be what is changing and growing you the most. I love another quote, this one from Henry David Thoreau, something I remind myself when the unknown seems just too daunting, I remember, "Not till we are lost do we begin to find ourselves."






So maybe starting a blog is just a part of my calling. Maybe it isn't my calling at all. But, for right now, it is my next move.

'Til next time!

Porter

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