What I’m Looking Forward To In 2014

Hasta la vista, 2013.  It’s time to move on to a brand new year, full of possibilities and promises, opportunities and adventures.  Who knows? No matter what, here’s a list of things, both possible and far-fetched, that I’m looking forward to in the new year.

1. Next-gen games.

Like inFAMOUS: Second Son above, there’s a LOT of exciting next-gen games to look forward to for both Xbox One and PS4.  Stuff like Watch Dogs, Destiny, Titanfall, and others are going to practically ensure that 2014 will be a great time to be a gamer.

2. Finishing high school and starting college

Even though I happen to identify with Chris Traeger on this one, I’m excited to finish the evil that is high school and start a new chapter in college.  Meeting new people will be great, although I “litrally” don’t know where I’m going to go yet or what I’d like to major in…

3. Falling in love

IT COULD HAPPEN OKAY

4. Traveling somewhere I’ve never been

My family likes to go on vacation and this year it would be amazing to go somewhere I’ve never been.  Alaska? Yes, please, but I’m up for anything!

5. Whatever’s in store for my band, Spinning Jenny

Oh a grammy? I’ll take it.

6. Learning more about myself

Another year, more opportunities to figure out who we really are.  And yes, your netflix recently watched category counts.

7. Turning 18

CUZ I’M EIGHTEEN AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT (except everything I just listed)

8. Writing and writing and writing and writing

Have so many ideas I’ll need an entire year and more to get them all written down.  Hey, this is convenient!

– Julia

The Blank Page Ahead

As my senior year of high school draws closer and closer to an end, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s next.  The big three questions as I like to call them have been buzzing around my head like electrons and, unfortunately, have been spreading their negative charge to my perspective.  Where should I go to college? What should I do with my life? And last but not least, am I going to be happy? These are normal questions that everyone needs to ask themselves, but in my brain, they’ve been turning into “I won’t do well in college anyway”, “I’m not doing anything important with my life”, and “I’ll never be happy after school”.  To a degree, I understand why some anxiety comes along with these questions.  But on the other hand, I’m trying to see it as something exciting.  To illustrate my point, I’m going to talk about Star Trek.

Help! I’m under attack by my future!

Although technically the Earth hasn’t been fully explored yet, I like to look at outer space as the real final frontier.  An almost completely unexplored territory, space is full of infinite possibilities for discovery and adventure.  Pretty awesome, right? Right.  But since space is full of unknowns, it can be scary and sometimes even dangerous.

A visual of my brain on a daily basis.

Thing is, the great Where No Man Has Gone Before is actually an excellent metaphor for our personal future.  It’s a gigantic unknown, an uncharted, unexplored place where you are the hero.  It’s just a big blank page waiting to be filled by you in anyway you want.  It may be dark and a little scary at times, but there are also infinite possibilities.  And we all need a little adventure.

So before you’re all like

Before you let yourself hit a brick wall

Before you let negative thoughts end your adventure before it even begins

And before all your worries drive you absolutely crazy

Just remember that the unknown future isn’t something to be scared of.  Don’t be afraid to go boldly into your own life.  It’s an exciting time, and surely in this crazy world only adventures, big and small, await you.

*Note: I am now adding the clapping Picard GIF to the end of every post.  It makes me feel super good about myself.

– Julia