Friday, January 28, 2011

On fulfilling our dreams..

The other day a family friend congratulated me on achieving my dream and getting my law degree. Whilst I graciously accepted the compliment at the time I haven't been able to stop thinking about it - was becoming a lawyer always my dream? The answer was no, and I am not sure when it did become my dream or my goal or if it is but I am extremely happy that it is where have I ended up for now.
When I was in high school, even up until Year 12 I wanted to act, I guess you could say that was my dream. However doors weren't really opening in that area of my life and when I was accepted to university to study journalism I decided to pack my bags and start a new adventure. However a year into my degree I realised that journalism wasn't for me and fell back to square one. I had always tossed around the idea of studying law but too much negative self talk "I am not smart enough", "I won't be able to do all the work" had always stopped me from applying. After realising how unhappy I was doing something I thought I would be good at, I decided to take the risk and do something I wasn't sure I could do but knew that I would enjoy. And even though it was hard and at times I would cry on the phone to my mum wanting to quit I stuck with it because I loved it.
I look back now and see how different my life is too what I had planned when I was 18. And even though its not what I had planned, I am definitely not an actress, I am happy with the way things have worked out. I guess what I am saying is it is so important to have goals and dreams to keep us motivated and really living but it is also important to keep our eyes open to other opportunities that arise as you never know what else is out there for you too. And if you do accept another path don't beat yourself up there is so many dreams out there that finding your perfect match may just take a little while.

10 comments:

  1. Great post, Megan. Dreams are wonderful things. They spur us on and take us further, but it's okay to change your mind, to try something new, to open yourself up to a brand new adventure that you might never have thought of before.

    You're going to be an awesome lawyer!

    PS: I wish we were close enough to go on a movie date to see The King's Speech, too!

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  2. I agree! I started out studying (at TAFE) I.T and although I thoroughly enjoyed it, it wasn't for me in the end. It is great that you found something that you are content with, many people struggle with that throughout their life and never do anything about it. So congratulations on achieving a law degree and secondly for not being afraid to reach for it!

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  3. This is so true. Sometimes I find myself closed off to new things because it isn't what I want or the path that I had pre-determined for myself. That's so awesome that you completed Law school- what a big undertaking! I wish you luck in your job hunt and all your future endeavors! :)

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  4. Really great post, I agree 100%. Some people try to plan their life out, but life gets in the way of those plans. I finished high school and went to tafe and studied design, though that didnt work out how I planned (very limited jobs), I went to uni and if any one asked me in high school would I have thought I'd EVER go to uni, I'd have laughed really hard and said no way. I now have a degree in Communications and I really enjoyed studying! Big congrats on becoming a Lawyer, I wish you lots of happiness in your career!!!
    x x

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  5. Amazing post Megan and so eloquent. You have reached a major milestone in your life and it is great that you are taking stock.

    If I have learnt anything in the last few years it is that life doesn't always go as planned, just as you said. My life is oh so different to how I had envisaged it if you had asked me when I was a teenager but that is ok, I think it just takes time sometimes to settle into yourself.

    I wish you all the very best of luck with what your future holds dear girl.
    xx

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  6. great post, and entirely true. i am still in the "wandering" career stage, but it is starting to come together slowly...
    congrats on your law degree!
    i've found you through the winter swap, and it looks like you've got a great blog.
    take care and see you again in blogland,
    mel

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  7. I wanted to be an actress when I was 18 too! And now I'm a pre-med Biology student :D funny how that works huh?

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  8. i'm glad you took a chance and that it all worked out! and who knows maybe one day you can act on some lawyer show!

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  9. This was such a wonderful post Megan. You have just mentioned how I've felt my whole life. I too had a different idea when I was 17/18 but life didn't turn out the way I thought it would (I wanted to be a PE teacher for highshool since I was 15 and everything went towards that goal - finally got into the course at uni and decided that over time my dreams had changed and I didn't want it any more).

    I too think that we should look at the other opportunities that are out there!

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