Looking toward the future

Carlos E. Sanchez, Managing Editor

The future is a scary subject for a lot of people. It’s an endless void of questions, possibilities, and endings. No one can ever really know what is gonna happen. The future is a topic I’ve been so fascinated with recently, and I’ve been talking to several friends about it. Their plans, hopes, and dreams. What they wanna do with the rest of their lives.

A lot of seniors around the country are experiencing the same sentiment, many optimistic, some not so much. Many of us have already been accepted into a college, chosen a carer path, etc. A lot of us have started these processes early, getting situated for the next stage of life. To the point that their school work may start falling behind. Most people pass this off as seniors just being lazy in their final stretch of high school, even dubbing it senioritis. And for some maybe that’s true. But for most, I would say that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sure, there are a lot of people out there who don’t know what they wanna do or don’t know how they’re gonna get there, and that’s perfectly valid. But I wouldn’t call them lazy either, choosing what you wanna do or study is a very hard thing to do. At this point in their lives, they don’t have to have it figured out. Most of them are actively looking or trying to decide what they wanna do. Even if they aren’t looking, there are still a lot more important things going on for them than Ms. Smith’s crossword puzzle assignment. Especially at this age where we are transitioning into adulthood.

The future is a scary subject, but to me, it’s also full of hope, life, and plans. I’m lucky enough to already know what I wanna do with my life, career-wise. I’m going to UNT and majoring in English- Creative writing, and minoring in Journalism. I’m gonna write my fictional books for a living, but until I can live off that I’ll probably do journalism work. I already have more stories in the fire. As some of you know, I have posted “The Anti Fever” (my first novel) online. I wanna get it professionally edited and published. I have its sequels in the planning process, “The Freezer Burn” and “The Hail Incursion.” I also have other side projects I’m working on, related to/ not related to that trilogy. This is what I want to do and I will work to bring these dreams into reality.

To those of you out there, full of fear and anxiety of the future, know that you are not alone. We are all here with you. Even though I have plans, that doesn’t mean they’ll work. As I said, no one can really know what’s gonna happen next. As excited as I am for college, I’m terrified about it at the same time. I’m like a bucket of anxiety at this point. But have faith, it gets better. I know you will do great, you can do this. You can get through this. The future is coming, one day at a time. Graduation is right around the corner, and then just like that, it begins.  The thing about time is that it doesn’t slow down, it doesn’t speed up, and it doesn’t stop. All we can do is make these last few days count, and prepare for what’s to come. Remember, you’re not alone. We got this.