Hope :: Use Caution

Hey, everyone! Sorry about not posting this yesterday. I honestly forgot what day of the week it was and didn’t remember until 10pm! Graveyard Shift is awesome. 😂

Anyway, on to today’s topic! Knowing when to use caution and when to move forward when it comes to decisions in your life.

I’m not going to pretend that I have all of the answers or even the answer for what YOU should do in your life, but these are some of the things I’ve learned over the years from experience.

Sometimes it’s great to jump into an unknown situation and follow your dreams. You may have absolutely nothing holding you back and no solid responsibilities. An opportunity may pop up that is too good to pass up. And it may be legitimate.

That’s rarely the case. If it has been for you, great! Congratulations. I am truly and deeply happy for you and wish you nothing but the best.

For most of us, however, it isn’t always so simple.

We have to look at the circumstances in our lives. We have to communicate with other people and make sure it’s a feasible decision. Oftentimes, we have to remember our responsibilities – no matter how great or small – and see what the consequences of our choices could be; this will determine how great the risk and whether or not we’re willing to move forward.

I had the opportunity four months ago to attend a Christian college. I had preconceived notions of what was necessary for grad school because of the requirements of ONE grad school. I assumed all grad schools needed these same requirements and was going to throw myself into a program at the last second with very little prep time.

At the last minute, I knew something wasn’t adding up and made the decision to hold off on the college courses.

Though attending a Christian school for 27 undergrad English credits would have been good for my soul, it wasn’t feasible for my future. Once I took the time to truly research grad schools, I found several that had the grad programs that were exactly what I needed – and not just a degree that ‘kind of’ fit what I was looking for. Upon looking into these grad schools, I found that most did not require the specific credits; just an undergraduate degree.

Sometimes, opportunities pop up that seem to be perfect and exactly what we’re looking for. However, when we take a step back and look at all of the facts and not just some of them, we come to realize that it may not be as perfect as we first thought.

In my opinion, if you have a dream: go for it.

But step with caution. As in the game pictured above, every choice we make as an effect on everything and everyone with whom we are connected.

Consider: Will this choice cause my whole life to come tumbling down around me? Is that chance worth the risk?

One final thing to consider. I know this is something that someone out there doesn’t want to read this, but I keep feeling the need to write it. If you have children and chasing your dream means leaving them behind? Don’t do it. You made a commitment the moment you had that child. They are your responsibility and until you have fulfilled that responsibility, your dreams will need to wait or be achieved by different means. If it means taking online courses instead of attending a school in-person a thousand miles away, then do online. Those children – whether you are mother or father – should always be your first priority.

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