So, I had this dream the other night. It was as if I was swimming on top of the world looking out into space. I was enjoying the view of the sparkling cosmos, but for some reason I told my self “it is time to go back down.” So I dove down and I was free falling to the ground. I had no parachute or any type of equipment so I thought, “what am I going to do?” after a short period I started falling near a group of sky divers.
So, I come into work and I tell my co worker this part of the story. He then proceeded to drop some knowledge on me: “Oh wow…maybe it means that for a while you were doing really well, like you felt you were on top of the world. Then something happened and you realized that you didn’t have the necessary equipment to handle the transition.” “Wow Alex”, I said “that was deep”. I then explained to him the rest of the story:
"I was not scared when I was falling. It was more the fact that everyone had parachutes and I didn’t so I wasn’t sure what to do. Yet, when everyone else deployed their parachutes, I realized I was descending the same speed as they were. Then as abruptly as I began to fall I was suddenly in a party dancing and having a good time with the same people that were falling beside me."
After I told Alex the ending of my dream, he replied “well maybe it means that even though you don’t the same things as other people you will still get to the same destination.” “Wow!” I shouted to Alex “you’re good.”
I learned some important things from my interaction with Alex. First, he is an expert dream interpreter. Like seriously, he should have his own show or something. Secondly, it is okay if you don’t have a parachute (figuratively speaking only). Most of us who are seeking a job or career, their is a traditional path. For student affairs, most people start by getting a Master’s degree sponsored by a paid Graduate Assistant position. Sadly, I did not obtain one and I related Alex’s analysis of my dream to this.
As I was applying for graduate schools I made a few mistakes. long story short, I wasn’t getting accepted to some of the places I was applying to. When I did get into a program I liked, I had missed my opportunity to obtain a GA position (Graduate Assistantship). Now this may have been me falling. The parachute would be the GA position. Though I wasn’t in an ideal position, I ended up getting a scholarship at Kent State within a program that is even more catered to my passions than the higher education program.
For those out there who feel like they are off course with their dreams, don’t panic. Stay calm and remember there are always multiple paths to your destination. Secondly, the destination might change. It may be a brief detour, or you might realize that that is where you were supposed to be all along. Regardless it is your journey and you should enjoy it for what it is. Once again this is Petey reminding you to “never give up Just Believe!”