Growing up children are told that they can be whatever they want to be. Wendy had a lot of socially accepted ideas and put her on a path to achieve professional success.
Wendy was always a studious and extremely ambitious girl. While acing college, she found herself yearning to sell everything she owned and travel to South America. She wanted to keep driving and keep going wherever the wind took her. She would buy one-way tickets to places she never been and stay there as long as her heart desired. She hated the grind that everyone did 40 hours a week for 40 years and THEN if they made it to that point in life and planned well for retirement, people then enjoy their lives. This wasn’t good enough for Wendy. Life could be different, she didn’t have to fit that American standard. This was the land where dreamers come to make their dreams come true. So, Wendy fantasized and played out this dream in her head. Didn’t seem illogical, but definitely would not a popular idea amongst her parents if she told them she would be dropping out of college for a LOA to travel the world. “See you when I get sick of traveling the world,” Wendy daydreamed.
One day, she found herself sharing with her boyfriend, at the time of 3 years, her dream.
“LET’S SELL EVERYTHING, BUY A VW BUS, YELLOW, AND DRIVE SOUTH TO MEXICO, THOUGH MEXICO TO SOUTH AMERICA AND JUST KEEP GOING UNTIL WE NEED TO BUY A ONE WAY TICKET TO GET TO THE NEXT CONTINENT/COUNTRY AND CONTINUE THAT JOURNEY”
He told her she was crazy. He shot her down. Wendy later broke up with him for not sharing that same dream, it devastated her that someone she loved couldn’t see how important that dream was and that if she was going to be in a relationship with someone, he needed to be on board.
Of course, Wendy knew hard work is a part of life and isn’t looking for an escape exactly, but she wanted to work hard around the globe experiencing everything life has to offer. She wanted to see new things and meet all kinds of people. Wendy wanted to eat food from all kinds of cultures and learn new languages. She desperately wanted a life that supported that dream.
However, Wendy decided to finish college and her academic and professional ambitions. She needed money if she was going to ever succeed in her dream playing out. Tabling her crazy dream, Wendy graduated college with Honors and found herself a career in her field of interest. This made Wendy proud as most people always told her that she would never be able to do anything with her degree. The trend is your friend, and if she keeps making the impossible possible- this was a great start!