Sail, Not Drift

Not many people may know, but I have an awful sense of direction and more often than not, I am horribly indecisive (I liked to think that I live by Yogi Berra’s “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”). I believe I changed my major three times (two of which were before my college career actually commenced) before I decided to pursue an English and Philosophy double major.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “To reach a port we must set sail – Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.” In my last post, I spoke briefly about growing as an individual, about getting out of my comfort zone to speak and to become acquainted with more people. As my time here in Juneau is starting to dwindle, I am starting to reflect more and more upon my experiences and where I hope to find myself down the road.

To be honest, there still isn’t a concrete answer. But, for so long, it felt as if I was being all too passive and indifferent. It was as if I always waited for opportunities to fall into my lap, for something to be handed to me. When I found out about the Project 70 opportunity to intern at the city museum in Juneau, Alaska, I couldn’t pass up the chance to at least put in an application. That was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I learned a lot about an application and interview process. I came to understand the agony of waiting, and became more patient. I can now say that I finally had my first job, and I loved every moment of it. I got to experience many, many new things. I discovered a city and a community that I absolutely adore.

I only have a vague idea about which direction I intend on heading, but I’m pretty determined to forge ahead when I figure it out.

Oh. And I was on a boat. (photos credit: Priscilla Ly)

I recently boarded a boat named ‘Adventure Bound’ that headed out to Tracy Arm to see the Sawyer Glaciers calve, an abundance of icebergs, beautiful waterfalls, and wildlife! This summer has truly been magical.

  1 comment for “Sail, Not Drift

  1. Dan
    August 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    A SEAL!!! You are my favorite person! I am going to spend a lot of time thinking about what you have written here.

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