Thinking Out Loud: Different Journeys

Hello loves! I hope all of your weeks are going well.

As some of you already know, this week was my first week of classes…If you did not read my blog post last Thursday, I will catch you up briefly. I am back ON CAMPUS! I am taking two courses: anxiety disorders (a 400 level psych course) and nutrition with a weekly lab.

The classes so far are going well! They are of interest to me, and I think (fingers crossed) that it will be a good semester. Being back on campus was the BEST feeling in the world. I have missed college SO MUCH. Even though I was technically in school last semester, all my courses were online, so I did not have to go on campus. That is what is different about this semester. Yes, it is difficult…Yes, I come home tired…but I think it will be well worth it! I even have a handicap parking pass to make my life just a little bit easier!

Anyways, I am digressing…my school life is not exactly what this post is about, but I’m getting there! What I really wanted to talk about today is the fact that everyone is on their own path/journey in life. No two lives are the same. Nowadays, it seems that we live in this cookie cutter world with our futures already planned out for us. We graduate from highschool, then go on to get our 4 year college degree, followed by a masters if needed. We apply for the best jobs and try to make as much money as we can. Does any of this sound familiar? I know it rings true in my life. Here is the thing though: we aren’t all the same…as much as it may seem like we are living in a cookie cutter world, we are not from the same cookie cutter. Do you see where I’m going here?


Last night I had a meltdown. There were several things that were bothering me. One of the major issues I was dealing with was feeling like I no longer belonged in school. Yes, I physically am in school right now, but I really shouldn’t be in school. I should have already graduated with a degree and have a job. After all, that is the position that most of my friends are in right now. After ruminating and crying and overthinking, I realized that I DO belong in school. I am actually right where I am supposed to be. No, it did not take me 4 years to get through college like I thought it would. I took semesters off to deal with personal matters that had to be dealt with…and the thing is, that IS OKAY. It’s okay that I am not on the same course as my friends are, because everyone is different and we each are on our own path. Just because something doesn’t happen the way you wanted or hoped, does not mean that all hope has to be lost! I truly believe everything happens for a reason. We may not know what the reason is, but if you go through life with that outlook and attitude, it can really turn your mood around! What kind of boring world would it be if we ALL did the same exact things? It is okay to follow your own path, it is okay to be different, it is okay if your journey does not match your friend’s journey because you are unique. Everything happens in it’s own time.


So, my advice to you: if your struggling with the “should have’s” and the “would have’s” take a step back and honor where you are right now and be grateful for it. This is YOUR journey…no one else’s but yours. Make the most of it!

Much love,



4 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud: Different Journeys

  1. Claire, you are so right! It may have taken a meltdown to realize it, but now you are on the right track–your track!! After all you have been through, it is amazing that you are back on campus taking classes and it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. I believe God is guiding us on our paths and what we do or become is not on our time…it’s on His time, and His timing is perfect. There IS a reason for everything! Just go with it and enjoy the blessing that you have been given…life!!

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