After winging the title that came back to me. Come to think of it, when I was younger I would loop-play Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron in the background. Constantly. The whole movie. And I would sing along the entire way. Great soundtrack!
Anywhoskiwhatsits – I’ve been MIA. For a while. A lot of things have happened since and similarly what happens when I skip out on my journal I have a hazy hash of updates. Some major decision that I’ve made:
– get a car
– get a license
– lose more weight (I went from 198 – 168-ish meow!)
– keep practicing my art skills
– learn more art paths
– DM a full campaign for Dungeons and Dragons
– keep in contact with my friends and family
– be healthy
– be more financially conscious
– finish school (one way or another)
Let’s start with one of the biggest ambiguous decisions: school. Many people are enrolled in some form of tertiary education for a myriad of reasons. Bet though that many of us are here because we’ve been pelted with the same thought over and over – you can’t get a job if you don’t have a degree. (And if you don’t have a job, you can’t pay rent, eat, buy that snazzy new game that will have your fingers bleeding, and really life in general just dies. It just explodes and you temporarily cease to exist. Eventually you’ll just slink away into nothingness while your friends habitually comment on your unemployment-ness.) Happiness though, is compromised, by a lack of a degree. (Which is ridiculous.) Despite my fears and reservations I have enrolled for Fall semester pursuing a degree in Mass Communications w/ an emphasis in Graphic Communications and a minor in Biology. This was the best compromise for an art degree while keeping rounded and wouldn’t “waste” the credits of biology courses already taken. What led to this were tears, hard talks and painful epiphanies:
All my pain will continue to build until I no longer lumber to surmount them. Somehow, almost three years later, I find my heart burning while walking near my old dorm hall and through various colleges. So many things bring me back to unpleasant (understatement) memories. I have to reconstruct not only my life but my self-image. This means letting go of all the ideas and dreams I had with my fiance. That is still so incredibly hard to do. So I cut my hair, I chose a different major after taking a semester off and nearly failing out of two, establishing a new friend group, and trying so hard to depend on only myself. Admittedly I am still bitter sometimes. BUT that is not who I am as a person. I’m a funny, quirky, adorable and caring person with a sensitive and loyal heart.
In my contemplations uni was one of the least amusing options. Student loans aren’t fun and the flood of graduates coupled with the rising cost of tuition and textbooks (which are baloney) make me wonder. Many people are falling out of school and pursuing other options. What this boils down to is how I feel about one dream that lingers in my heart every waking moment: to start a family. Of all the things I long only for that, for that one chance to bear children and raise them. One of my best friends likes to tease me about it but more importantly he likes to ask my why? Why do I want kids so bad when the world is such a cold place? So much time has passed and without even knowing, without his prompting, I finally have the words for the answer: love. I want to fill the world with more love. In some way I hope that having uni will teach me to be a better artists and the social challenges of meeting people, befriending them, maintaining relationships will continue to provide me with valuable insight. In other ways I hope that my education will benefit me and help me establish a sound environment free from most financial burdens.
Education is important regardless of the source. Keep learning, keep studying. Find your dreams and capture them! Most importantly though love. Fill the world with love so it overflows and people can’t help but see it everywhere they look.