Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I think I got all the right syllables in there. I almost played a sample of the song just to do my fact checking. However, I think my subconscious did the trick.

Chances are, if you’ve ever done anything remotely risky in your life—like stepping out of your door—you’ve experienced a multitude of changes.

In the words of Sam Gamgee:

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Under the safety blanket of classes, friends, and community at Anderson, I didn’t feel as if I was going to be swept off anytime soon. Even within the walls of my internship, it seemed as if my path would be somewhat balanced—or at least make sense.

Ambiguity has a way of sneaking into our lives in the most unexpected of circumstances. No one really has a master plan, and if they do, it’s easily crumbled to pieces by the constant ebb and flow of life’s uncertainties.

Learning to be at peace in the midst of life’s transitions is one of the most difficult lessons to carry out.

As a recent graduate, casual conversations usually gravitate towards:

“What do you have going on? Where do you work? What have you been doing lately?”

For many, including myself, these simple questions meant to be a nice conversation starter or a genuine expression of interest, come with an impending doom.

What have I been doing lately? Have I been doing enough? Why am I still stuck in a job I don’t like?

The reality is, these questions shouldn’t come with a death sentence attached. Not many people ask a question to purposely exhibit sudden pressure on you to get a job or rob you of your dignity. Chances are, said person probably cares enough about you to sincerely want to know what’s going in your life!

Which is why I’ve been asking this question to myself as of late:

Why settle?

 I’ve watched many of my friends move to new places, start new adventures, explore fresh horizons, and take incredible risks. The end of a season—be it school, a job, etc.—doesn’t mean it’s the end.

I believe that the Lord opens doors once we finally choose to let go of those simple expectations.

A journey isn’t a journey if it’s ruled by expectations, a set roadmap, and a structured, hourly itinerary. There is always a final destination in mind; however, if the travel plans were simple and certain then it wouldn’t be a memorable trip.

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

-Psalm 16:11

The wonderful thing is, no matter where you are in life—the possibilities are limitless. Often, the only thing holding you back is you.

Of course, I probably stole those last few sentences from every motivational poster that graced my eyes in grade school. I’m sure they were buried in my subconscious along with the melody of David Bowie’s Ch-changes.

One thing I’ve noticed is that people who successfully set out to live a life full of adventure, curiosity, and impact don’t set an agenda. They’re flexible and personable, throwing passion into whatever life throws their way.

It’s a big risk to face the impending challenges and questions of life with a spirit of purpose rather than planning. There will always be a multitude of things unanswered, perhaps presenting one with a plethora of other complications.

However, an intentional life shouldn’t be lived inside a box of expectations, rules, and calculated outcomes.

Passion.

Integrity.

Kindness.

There are things far more important than conceiving a master plan.

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