Here I stand, on the edge of glory, or at least that is what I tell my self to get rid of the nervousness.
Some of you know, most of you probably know, but for those who don’t, those who care that don’t know, I am walking away from college for the time being. Now that’s a pretty heavy statement I just dropped on you.
To do what, you might ask? I am going to go follow my dreams for a little while, whatever that means. I am moving to Vail, Colorado to work at Vail Ski Resort as a lift attendant.
Where will I be living, you might ask? I will be living out of a camper van, with my best homie/adventure buddy/roommate Jon Heutmaker.
Now this is the point where you can give me a list of a hundred reasons why this is a terrible idea, I have probably heard them all, and props to you if you can come up with one that I haven’t heard.
Most people react poorly when I tell them. They say something along the lines of, “You are stupid for walking away from college, a college education is necessary. You are never going to come back and you are going to live an unhappy, poor life.” Sorry, but you people are ridiculous.
Other people react like this, “I am so jealous of what you are doing. I wish I could just leave and walk away like you are. You are going to have a blast.” I was in your spot just a few short months ago, dreaming of adventures and struggling through classes that weren’t shoving me in the direction that I wanted to go with my life. Just take a leap of faith, even if you fail, you will learn so much about yourself, and you won’t spend your life regretting the time that you didn’t follow your dreams and sense of adventure.
Why exactly am I doing this, you might ask? I was sitting in class, going farther into debt without really getting any closer to my end goals. I was unmotivated and doing poorly because I was depressed about the current state of my life. Now it sounds like a bit of a cop out to just drop out, but I have realized that I might never have another opportunity in my life to do what I want to do. I don’t want to grow old with the regrets of not experiencing life. There is so much out there in the world, and I have seen so little of it.
Being in Alaska this summer reignited my life. I saw the world through a completely different lens. I was surrounded by people who weren’t living their lives in the traditional American sense of it. They were working to pay for travel, and to support their hobbies. There are ways to make your life work, without going straight from high school, to college, to work, to retirement. Nothing used to scare me more than the thought that I might wake up 30 years from now, and not have followed my dreams. Now I don’t have to be scared of that anymore.
I plan on taking full advantage of this next season of my life. Even though I am taking a break from college, I am not taking a break from what I love to do. I will write everyday, and maybe when I come back, I will have a story that I like enough to share with you.
I guess I will leave you with this, no matter how old you are, follow your dreams. Don’t live your life any longer with those dreams turning to regrets inside of you.
Oh, and by the way, I leave on Saturday. Yeah this Saturday, the 22nd of November. I start work on Monday the 24th. Have a good year and see you in April.