Anything, but not everything.
The American dream is you can be 'ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE'. You can do 'ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO'. All, of course, with hard work and perseverance, but if you can dream it and believe it you can achieve it.
My parents instilled that sense of drive in the three sisters, from a young age. And we knew that we could do anything we wanted to do in order to achieve our dreams and they would support us [minus anything illegal].
But, you know what they didn't tell us when we were younger?
You can do ANYTHING, however, you can't do
E V E R Y T H I N G!!!
At some point, you have to choose.
You have to choose the path you want to lead. Often, life choses things for us and we just have to go with it. But, sometimes it's up to us. And then we have to follow our heart and figure out what we want. What happens when what you want changes, constantly?
Multiple children? Only one child? Settle down close to family? Move away to experience life on your own? Quit a financially stable job to follow a passion? Stay with said job, because of the stability? Delay child rearing in order to travel more? Say just do it and move to Alaska for a year? Or what about other big sky states?
I've never really been the timeline girl. I didn't HAVE to be engaged by a certain age, or married by a certain and clearly I'm in no rush to have children. Do I want to be a mom? HECK YES!!!! But, am I ready for the responsibilities that having a kid entails? Am I ready to put my goals/wishes and thoughts on the back burner, for the needs and wants of my children? I don't know. There is so much out there in the world to experience and I want to see as much as I can.
The world is my oyster, ready to be devoured and conquered. However, I'm stuck sitting at the table, contemplating HOW I want the chef to prepare it for consumption. I'm ready to take the next step, but what is that step?!?!?!
Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts, yesterday. The situation is still dire, for all involved, so more good will, prayers and thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you for being amazing, friends!