Not all those who wander…

It’s hard to believe that the end of 2015 will come in one week. Next year holds new presidential elections, new new year’s resolutions, and for many, the commencement of a new chapter in life.

As a third year journalism student, it’s about that time to start applying for internships. To go forth in this world, and conquer as much as possible. Sounds great, right? There’s only one problem; I have, indubitably , lost any sense of direction. Now I don’t mean “lost” in the sense of traveling down the wrong path, but lost in the sense of remaining in an seemingly unbreakable static position.

If only navigating through adult hood were as easy as licking my index finger, sticking it in the air, and where ever the draft was,  follow it feverishly down the yellow brick road. As I grow older, I experience things my parents refer to as “growing pains” ( I don’t know who sent these “pains”, but I for one, did not sign up for it).  As I experience these things, it becomes more than easy to focus on the problem, rather than the solution. From experience, I’ve found this thought process to add more gas to the barely contained fire.

Over the last couple of days I’ve wondered, what could I possibly write about that I & other people can both relate to? Finally in my search, I came across a quote by J. R. R. Tolkien  (the author of The Lord of The Rings). He once said, ” Not all who wander are lost” , and then it dawned on me, what if the reason people become lost is because of their thoughts? It all first begins with a thought, and a thought then becomes an action. The man becomes what he thinks. Had I become static because I had not thought enough outside of the box? An unguided thought can be just as damaging as having a negative thought. Both provide zero productivity in the end, and you feel worse than before.

Life can become so busy, that it’s nearly impossible to get even a single minute to gather or regather your thoughts. To combat that unwanted static feeling, I’ve started taking an extra five or ten minutes before bed, to just be in silence, think, and organize my thoughts. I found it important to do this, because in the end, when the dust settles, nothing is more important than your sanity.

What are some ways you guys combat the feeling of a static position?











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