"EVERY MORNING YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES: CONTINUE SLEEPING WITH YOUR DREAMS OR WAKE UP AND CHASE THEM."
I'm a spontaneous individual. I take road trips to nowhere. I beat to my own drum. I have developed a healthy sense of selfishness to allow myself to make more decisions because I want to and less because someone else thinks they know best. I travel, a lot. I tell my friends in the most abstract ways that I love and appreciate them. And I write about my feelings on the internet.
I've noticed that a lot of people can be judgmental, myself included. It's really easy to judge a book by it's cover or a girl by her Instagram posts. It's even easier to criticize someone's life decisions when we aren't making any big ones for ourselves. Since I've graduated I've learned a lot about myself and the main takeaway is that I cared way too much about what other people thought of me that I lived my life for what people would say next about Madison McGhee.
I've noticed that my friends fall under one of two categories - the adventurer or the worker. My friends graduated and either took a year off to explore the world and find themselves or jumpstart their career with their corporate entry-level job. Neither is wrong. Neither is right. They're just decisions and sometimes we make the wrong one.
It's important to understand that while I am sometimes both spontaneous and stupid, you can be one without the other. I'm learning how to live a spontaneous life but prepare for adventure. I understand that I need a job to pay for life but that my job doesn't have to control everything I do.
You see these articles that go viral about a girl who quit her job with a top-rated magazine to live in Argentina in a hut and live life adventurously. People criticize these people for not caring about their future and others think it's amazing that they just packed up and left. I know some of these people and neither is the case.
Yes, that is crazy spontaneous and sounds like an amazing adventure. But didn't you see? They had jobs. They have probably wanted to take off for months or years and waited for the right time. They aren't stupid, just spontaneous.
So why do I care? You've probably seen that I want to explore the world or heard me talk about my plans for the future at some point. My life goal is to change the world one smile at a time - to make people happy to be who they are and give them the encouragement to encourage someone else. I can't do that sitting in my living room in Charleston, West Virginia. I have to see the world to change the world. But I can't do it overnight and I can't pack up my car and head out on a road trip with no plan. It takes time.
I'm going to do all the things I want to do. I'm not going to let a corporate job control me. I just have to be smart about how I go about it, in order to be efficiently effective. Going out with no money and no plan and burning bridges along the way just because "I want to do what makes me happy right now" isn't going to do anything good for anyone involved. I think Oprah Winfrey said it best when she said, "Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do."
No, I am not crazy for being that girl from West Virginia who thinks she can take off, launch a website, and all of a sudden the world will be a happier place. I'm much more realistic than that. But I don't believe in small thinking. I have a big-picture dream with smaller milestones to achieve along the way. Anyone can dream big, no matter where you're from. In fact, my small-town hometown has been my biggest inspiration. I root for the underdogs because they have so much untapped potential to give to the world.
So, to those who call me crazy for wanting to change the world in a way that I don't think anyone else has tried before. I thought this was important to share with you...
I'm spontaneous, not stupid.
Follow along my journey of managing a full-time job, starting a company, and preparing for whatever adventure is next.