So, as you know, I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with life which is so much more complicated the older you get. I asked my 7 and 8 year-olds that I work with and half of them either want to be a cop or fireman, and the other half wants to be a vet… it’s so easy back then (sigh). I’ve discovered I even try to pick amazing careers for them because I want to be that person in their lives that inspired them and changed their lives forever…. Like this little girl Ella; I think she’s 5? She loves to build with legos and tries to make the tallest towers that she can and she gets sooooo excited when it doesn’t fall down. I have decided to try to inspire her to be an architect… I guess I just wish someone had done that for me and I had known what I wanted to be my whole life and I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Also, I keep having meetings with financial aid about consolidating my student loans to attempt to pay them off because my grace period ends in November (dun dun duuuuun). For one, this is just depressing. Two, it has made me mildly freak out a few times and again made me think too much about my future: Should I get a second job? Would it even be worth it if it’s only minumum wage retail crap? What am I going to do if I literally can’t make a payment? How does it all work?!?!? It’s enough to drive anyone crazy! Plus, I still keep thinking about grad school because I really do like learning, especially about stuff I’m interested in. So then there is the: But then I’ll go into even more debt! When, where, how do you even take your GRE? (which thanks to Alyssa I now kind of know the answer to) Oh and the all important, What would I even study????
AND now there is this kind of possible job… it could turn into nothing so let’s not get too excited. However, when talking to the possible employer, his concern is my long-term commitment and if I will just move on if I figure out something I would rather do. Which is definitely a ligitimate concern… especially in the state I am right now. So then I sit there and have to think, is this really something I could do for a while? Will I always be wondering, what if I had studied this or that? It’s terrible!!! Yet, it really is a great opportunity and I know I would be lucky to even have a chance at it so I think it would be great if it happens… but who knows. I guess I just needed to vent tonight everyone, it’s just so hard to have all these crazy thoughts going on at once; I’m sure you can all relate. It makes me think of a quote from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix “One person couldn’t feel all of that, they’d explode!”- Ron Weasley.
Well now that I am done complaining I can go on to my next book I read over the summer. If you recall, I had just finished reading the novel about Jane Austen’s life which provided a context for when her other books were written and the difficulties she had with that. So I was inspired to read some of the other Jane Austen books that I had not yet read. So Sense and Sensibility was chosen. This is the story about two sisters, Elinor and Marrianne Dashwood. Their father dies, leaving them, their mother, and their younger sister with little money and no place to live. Of course being women in those days, they could not gain any kind of income either, so they are left to hope that family will provide them with homes and income. Elinor is the extremely sensible, emotionally stable, conservative sister. While Marianne wears her heart and emotions on her sleeve and feels everything 110%. She tends to act without thought. So this story tells about their lives and difficulties, especially involving men and love. There are the usual difficulties, one sister falls deeply in love and acts irrationally and ends up hurt, while one sister is very sensible about her love but also ends up hurt. However, as with the majority of Jane Austen books, it all ends well and both sisters find love and happiness. This book is definitely your typical Jane Austen book and was actually her first published novel. It has some of your typical characters, the young woman who is somewhat different from most women of the time, the charming man who turns out to be conniving, and, as always, those characters mocking the idiocracy of the time period in which Austen lived. One thing that can be very frustrating about Jane Austen novels is the older language; back then they liked to use as many words as possible to say anything. This can make it difficult to read, I have discovered that sometimes, if you’re not really following, it’s really easier to just kind of skim to get the gist of what is being said and move on… use those context clues! So Sense and Sensibility was enjoyable and helped me in my path to reading each Jane Austen novel.
So that’s that for now…. wish me luck on life and reading of course 🙂