The Tuesday I left for Jerusalem (the 27th) and the Wednesday I arrived (28th). Wooooooooooah, man. This IS unreal. I knew it would be unreal, but I was kinda also thinking that—since I was expecting that—that I wouldn't be SO SO SO SO surprised. I was wrong. This place is amazing. It is going to be the experience of a LIFETIME. The members are awesome, the teachers are way cool, I already am getting to know the staff well, and my roommates seem to be pretty chill. The flights over here, though, were KILLER. I have NEVER had such bad jet lag in my LIFE. It is manic. Because of a delay in the Chicago to Washington DC (DULLUS) flight, we were cutting it SO close to our flight to Vienna. We made it on 5 minutes before departure (we got off the plane 27 minutes before, but it was a huge airport AND we had to catch a shuttle and THEN we had to catch a tram!). So so so so SO tired. Razor broke, but I (thankfully!!) fixed it.
Today I met with David Alcorn for almost an hour. Amazing man: Professional, talented, nice--one of those guys that when you read about him beforehand you kinda get nervous and intimidated but then we you actually meet with him and start talking, you totally feel at ease. The topic was . . . a first, for me at least. You see, two Sundays ago, our stake had a fireside featuring John Bytheway. The talk was awesome--we all loved it: he was entertaining, enthusiastic, and (at least I) felt that I really walked away with some golden nuggets of insight and spiritual wisdom. Afterward, I went up to him and asked him how he got his start in doing what he does. He told me, but it was kinda general and quick--there were other people waiting. But I really felt from what he said that I could do the same thing... and, funny enough, not one, not two--but 5 people mentioned to me afterwards that I reminded them of John Bytheway (I had given a talk in my ward earlier that day). Is this how inspiration works? I've had one and a half big questions on my mind... the full one being my career... and to hear Bro. Alcorn give his take... well, it just seemed as if it all was so... possible--if I so choose. But who does THAT? I mean, am I really going to tell people when they ask me what I'm considering for after my graduation... that I'm going to be a motivational speaker? Pretention to say the least! Plus, what if my wife doesn't like all the traveling around or the other things that come with that life? But I suppose it is an option... I dunno, I honestly think that I'm just getting excited... and kinda thinking too highly of myself.
I am in the middle of some soul-searching. I complete my undergraduate degree in August, and I do not know exactly what I want next for my life. I know it will entail more education (I actually love school), so I'm probably thinking grad school of some kind... but I don't know which. Unlike my major selection process (which was basically: "well, this looks interesting"), before I make a decision for grad school, I want to have a plan on exactly what I want out of my degree--and what I want to do with it. I have lots of interests and abilities, but I have yet to feel right about choosing something because I want to do more than something I'm interested in. I want to find something that will utilize the specific set of talents and abilities I have been given by God... for a purpose. Anyway, above are my thoughts on what I think those talents/interests/abilities are as well as where I've been (my resume). I'd be reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally interested to hear anyone's thoughts about what I should consider doing.
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