Naivety of youth.
My God, my husband and I had an extra serving of that when we were young.
We began dating when we were teenagers. We knew we wanted to have a different life than what we knew. No one taught us how to change our future family dynamic.
We wanted to get out of our dreary midwestern town and live in the sunny south where people were friendly and the grass is nearly green year round. We only knew this much from driving through the south every few years on family vacations.
He wanted to be a doctor and I wanted to have a family and build a home for them. He was the first one in his family to GO to college, yet alone graduate and no one had stepped foot on a medical school campus.
We were going to move to the town where the medical school was that he wanted to attend and he would take undergraduate classes there. The first time we visited that college town was when we were moving there.
I quit my job and he moved from his dad’s and we left for out-of-state with a plan. The plan was about two sentences long and without financial backing.
What fools we were. My dad told me it would never work and his parents didn’t really comprehend the gravity and years of work that were necessary to do what we wanted to do.
Youth can make you try things, that when you are a seasoned adult, you would never try.
Naivety can be a blessing and youth will eventually work itself out, with age.
This story is for our three boys so that they realize that they need to see what they want AND be willing to work to make it happen. We are proof that with a vision of what you want your life to be and the ability to go for it you can have the life of your dreams.
You just have to be willing to be a little naive.
As you age do you find yourself far more cautious?
I think it is because we realize how much more we have to lose.
What do you think?
-Abbie, All that makes you… allthatmakesyou.com
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- How medical school changed me (kevinmd.com)
- Finding Your Place in the Family (smoorns.wordpress.com)