Post-Graduation Life

It’s been a month since graduation. May 2nd, 2014, I graduated from the University of Toledo (home of the Rockets) with my Bachelor of Arts in art history. “Art history?” many ask, “what are you gonna do with that? Teach?” Usually, I just reply, “Yes, I believe so.” Truthfully, I’ve never really wanted to be a teacher, but I just say yes to keep the questions at bay. Within the past five years, so very many people have criticized my choice of study. Each person having a different opinion on my future, how I might succeed, and what to extract from life. Why do these questions bother me so? At least, they have recently. Two years ago, they did not bother me in the least. Now, they seem like a slap in the face, because I hear another critical voice in my head: “They’re right, Laura. You are directionless” or “You’re going to fail, no doubt.” My mind fills with excuses: no one knows what they are going to do with the rest of their life, people can’t plan their lives, etc. Well yes, these are true, but the answer to the foreboding question remains unanswered, “what should I do with my life?” I strive to keep Jesus Christ as the center of my life (often needing to reference the first question of the Westminster Catechism of man’s chief end). However, apart from living for Christ, how are we to live our life? There are so many decisions to make and often within a short amount of time, decisions that determine the outcome of our lives. Where is the line between ambition and responsibility? Is there a line? I find it difficult to merge the two. The only answer that I have is to keep in prayer and unity with Jesus Christ.