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What’s up with that title?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

I realize that we’re pretty far into the semester and I have yet to explain the origin of the “Are we there yet” that seems to follow me from blog to blog. My number one reason for using that phrase as the title of both my blogs is to unify the purpose of the two. My original blog is for general class assignments and random reflections on things brought up in class. This blog is specifically for the class project. Back to the question I brought up in the title of this post. I realize that I’m only posing questions right now without providing any concrete answers but I promise that I have a point.

I’ll demonstrate what I just did: why did I title the post –> what’s up with that title? –> the title being “Are we there yet?” –> of which the subtitle is, “No really, are we?”

So many questions that you’re probably hitting your keyboard in frustration. If that’s the case then I ask you to settle down because you’re breaking your computer by doing that.

I’m using a series of questions to express the ambiguity of my future. No one really knows what’s going to happen next. For instance, if you apply to a job that you’ve dreamed about your entire life, let’s say, insurance salesperson (it could happen!), and you get said job and then you find out that you hate your job (now that’s more likely to happen), you couldn’t have anticipated that that would happen. You thought you would love filing paperwork and telling people to rest assured if their house catches fire or zombies attack or Texas breaks from the Union. That’s the thing about dreams. Dreams can be sources of disillusionment.

Now, before you think that I’m going to proceed to crush your dreams like a professor would after it snows two feet and you’re taking your dogsled to the class that was not cancelled, wait. Give me a little credit. If you read my “what’s this blog about” section, you’ll see that I am making this place a jumping off point, a repository for my own dreams and ambitions. As a type A personality (when it comes to planning), this is a bit of a compulsive thing. This blog provides a space for me to start that planning process. You may be thinking, “Wow, Claire, overkill much? You have seven months left until you graduate!” Here’s how I feel about that statement. “Right, seven months, I’m already behind.” Deadlines for Summer things are early and approach quickly. I don’t want to be unemployed next August like some of my recently graduated friends living in my parents’ basement waiting for a job to come to me. That’s not how it works.

“Are we there yet?” is a question that I pestered my parents with on long car trips sitting in the back seat trying to read and not be car sick at the same time. I don’t want to take a back seat in regards to my future. I want to be intensely involved with the direction that my life takes after I leave Mary Washington. This school has given me so many memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life but I don’t want to dwell in the past at the expense of the present and the future. So, the question that I posed in the title of my blog is something that I will consistently be asking myself throughout this semester into the next. May 6th will arrive soon enough and I want to be ready.