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41. How to… start a new chapter

I think one of the scariest things about being an adult is the idea that you can literally stumble your way through your own life. Not everyone is born knowing what they want to do with their lives. Similarly, not everyone has the means to pursue what they want to do, nor the opportunity to do so and actually succeed. These are, at the root of it all, fundamentally different things that can be road blocks on our path to successful adulting… and that is some scary shit.

I’ve been on both sides of this fence. When I was younger, I wanted to pursue music. At the suggestion of my music teacher my senior year, I applied to a few schools with excellent music programs and prepped myself for the inevitable terror of audition time. I made the mistake of mentioning this at a family gathering to celebrate my upcoming graduation, and most of my family immediately shot me down. They tried to be nice about the phrasing of course, and most of it equated to the fact that they thought I wanted my face plastered all over MTV and “someone who looks like you just isn’t going to make it and that’s stupid. It’s a waste of money no matter how good you are so what are you doing anyway?” I’ve probably gone into this briefly before. I dropped it after the argument that ensued, and ended up going to a college in Indiana for something most of them deemed equally useless – Creative Writing.

My aunt once joked with me that I would be living in a cardboard box, but “hey, at least you’ll have plenty to read.”

I guess in a way, doing that was my way of pursuing another life-long passion… and also my way of pressing a few buttons in doing so. My way of taking just one more jab by majoring in something considered practical but, according to most of my family, equally useless. Yep. I went from passive to pleasantly passive-aggressive at the drop of a hat. I suppose we’ve all had moments like that, right? In both worlds.

We’re all here in Second Life for a reason. I’ve detailed a few of mine so far, but really, at the end of the day, it’s because we can do and be anything we want. But the thing is… real life doesn’t have to be this scary horrible thing either. Sure, none of us know what we’re doing. So what? The thing about it is…. if you don’t like something that you’re doing, close the book on that shit. We were not put on this Earth to work a job we hate and pay bills until we die. Life is a series of experiences, little stories in our own little books that we should be proud of. We should want to read them again and again.

So if you’re unhappy, if there’s something else that you want to be doing, something else that will bring you that happiness, just start a new story. You may not know what the ending is going to be, but the chapters will draw you in a lot more than that other horrible thing you do that makes you dread waking up in the morning. Sometimes, the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence, and there’s nothing wrong with jumping it when you feel you need to.


[Shape][Divine Transformations]Nova Shape **custom**
[Head][LeLUTKA]Simone v. 3.4
[Body][Belleza]Freya 5.0
[Skin][The Skinnery]Paris (Toffee)
[Lips][Izzie’s]Matte Love Lipstick
[Hair][Stealthic]Purity (blondes)
[Skirt][Blueberry]Penny Skirt

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