Lately, I've been dreading what lies ahead. I'm 24, at my first job after college, and I'm anxious about being successful. In school, I gauged how good I was with grades, and that was enough to satisfy. Being a good student and on the path to graduate was what mattered.
But now, I feel lost. I look around me and see people who have worked five-day workweeks for the last 60 years, and all they have to show for is bills paid, a home, a car, some nice things.
I just want something more than that. To make a mark that will cut deeper than eking out a living.
Anxious on making that mark and having no idea where to start, a story came by me written by my friend Marlowe Hereford, who's a reporter at the Post Register in Eastern Idaho.
The article, published Oct. 6, focuses on a girl named Keely Lance from Rigby, Idaho. This girl pretty much did it all. She played softball and basketball for her high school, and in February her team took 4A state runner-up honors in basketball their senior year. She also competed in rodeo, which consists of events in western style horseback riding and roping, and was a rodeo queen. She spent time helping girls compete in Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho and was also involved in Special Olympics and 4H.
Her life was chock full of activity, and she had big plans for the future.
At senior night for basketball, post grad goals were read aloud. Keely wanted to go to college, marry a cowboy, have a family and move somewhere warm. The guy reading her card said, "Take me with you," and everybody laughed.
In August, she started those goals by buying a four-door family car and enrolling in Idaho State University for a degree in education. She wanted to teach second-graders, which was the age group she also tutored.