When I was young, like 5 years old young, all I knew is that I wanted to help make the world a better place. Okay so maybe I didn’t exactly use those words and though my dream job has changed a fair amount, I’ve never strayed from wanting to make the world a better place. So here I am now in my mid-twenties, reminiscing on the times when I wanted to be a doctor and a veterinarian, and thinking about my most recent endeavor, a thing that’s called grad school. I want to be an art therapist, I want to help people heal from their traumas whether that’s small daily traumas or unimaginable traumas. BUT, when I say the word ‘world’ I guess I mean it more literally now. Since last year’s trip to Monterrey, Mexico for a family wedding I’ve had this urge to just go out and travel. Since then I’ve been to Disney World in Orlando, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Rome, Reggello, Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Lucca in Italy, and Cancun in Mexico. At this point I don’t plan on stopping my travel adventures anytime soon but I have had a little bit of a change in perspective.
I’ve been sitting here and watching and reading vlogs and blogs of people in beautiful places with perfectly picked out outfits, fancy drinks in their hands, and smiles on their faces. I find myself wanting to do what they’re doing. There’s only a couple problems. I’m not rich, I’m still in school, and traveling just for fun although I’m sure it’s an awesome life doesn’t exactly fit in with my dream of leaving a footprint leading this world in a better direction. So I’m sitting here and asking myself why I can’t do both? Who’s telling me I can’t travel and find a way to bring mental health care and specifically art therapy and other forms of alternative mental health care to other parts of the world? I know I’m not licensed, or even fully knowledgeable about these things, yet but there are other things I can start doing. All this to say, if you have the travel bug like I do but also have other work obligations and/or interests you want to pursue, there’s always a way to do what you love and merge those things together. The hard part is putting it together and executing it. Now I guess I should heed my own advice and instead of daydreaming like the professional daydreamer I am, I’ll go start putting in some work.
Live beautifully ❤