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Your life story is a series of consequences based on your choices. A choice has a rippling effect on the future which in turn becomes your past. This is the dilemma I’m currently facing. What do I want the story of my life to be?

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to
Alice: I don’t much care where…
The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.
The Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

I will be graduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Finishing this chapter of my life will be such a relief for multiple reasons: I will be able to move to another state (current plan is to move back to the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu for at least a year and then I’ll probably make my way to SoCal), more time, satisfaction of earning a degree…You get the idea…I’ve been working for the same company for roughly 7 years. That’s right, SEVEN. Moving to another state would mean losing that sense of job security and all the benefits that come along with being at a company for that long. I’m not going to lie, the thought of “job hunting” has me feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m ready for a change and to be in a new environment but I’m still nervous to take that step. It is very odd to feel excited and nervous simultaneously. I do find a lot of comfort in the thought that I won’t be leaving alone and that my boyfriend will be with me to start this new chapter of our lives. The excitement definitely outweighs the nervousness.

Now the question is…. What direction do I want to go with my education and profession?

I’ve been spending a lot of thought pondering what I want to pursue once I’m done with my bachelor’s degree. I do know I want to take at least a year “off” (I’m not independently wealthy and have to work hence the use of “off” versus off) between graduating and pursuing one of the following.

A. Apply to law school

Peter Banning: [to Rufio who pulls out Pan’s sword at him] Okay, mister. Alright, show’s over now. You put that thing away! No, put it down before you poke somebody’s eye out.
[the Lost Boy all laugh at Peter]
Peter Banning: You’re not old enough to shave! What are you doing with a sword. I’ve been flying around – This is an insurance nightmare! What is this? Some sort of the “Lord of the Flies” pre-school? Where are your parents? Who’s in charge here?
[the Lost Boys all point to Rufio]
Peter Banning:  [in disbelief] No! No, Mr. Skunkhead with too much mousse. You are just a punk kid. I want to speak to a grown-up!
Rufio: All grown-ups are pirates.
Peter Banning: Excuse me?
Rufio: We kill pirates.
Peter Banning: I’m not a pirate. It so happens I am a lawyer.
Rufio: [with the rest of the Lost Boys pulling out their weapons] Kill the lawyer!
Peter Banning: [laughs nervously] I’m not that kind of lawyer!

B. Get certified as a mediator/litigation

C. Go to grad school

D. Find a job I would enjoy with the education and skills I already have

I honestly don’t know at this point which path I’ll end up choosing. Time will tell I suppose. Any insight, advice, or suggestions (even on other options I may have not considered) are welcomed.

One comment

  1. Chad says:

    Fortunately for you, the amount of time and effort put into giving yourself a good bedrock will make any decision you follow through with a rewarding one. You have a lot of choices, sure, but they’re all good ones. You’re deciding between better and best, without knowing what’s best quite yet.

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