A Change of Season: The Start Of My Grad School Journey
Your read right, Follow Friends! I have been accepted to Simmons University’s Masters of Social Work program and start my classes November 5th. I wanted to share my personal journey that led me to this and my aspirations to change people’s lives using art. This post came to me when I was cooking the first squash soup of the season last night. I realized this soup also represented the exciting change of season in my life!
The very thing I had been working towards, that had fed my soul for four years all of the sudden lost all meaning to me. I felt as though I was capable of more.
Have you ever gone through the motions of life or had everything planned out, only to reach your goals and feel unfulfilled? That was me until this year. Ever since I graduated with my degree in Graphic Design, I had been fortunate enough to find work wherever we moved. The only problem for me was that I missed creating something with my two hands, I grew tired of only thinking of aesthetics and I greatly missed human connection. The very thing I had been working towards, that had fed my soul for four years all of the sudden lost all meaning to me. I felt as though I was capable of more. That this was not what I was meant to do with my life.
Realizing this sent me through an identity crisis at 25 years old. Ever since high school I knew I wanted to be a Graphic Designer. I thought it was the only way for me to use my artistic abilities and make a living. It was through the journey of becoming a military spouse and constantly having to reinvent myself professionally in states I never would have imagined myself living in, that I struggled through truly discovering the person I wanted to be. During my four year journey of not being satisfied with my profession, I was forced to really look at what I wanted my life to be.
You have the ability to discover the “why” of your life—sometimes all it takes is the grit to keep searching.
I have been thinking of returning to school for quite some time now. The main reason I hadn’t yet was that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study or become. It was through the guidance of the Milspo Project and much self reflection that finally discovered the “why” of my life: To create a government funded Art Therapy Program to help active duty military, military dependents and veterans cope with the specific stressors of military life. A program that would utilize fellow military spouse artists, art therapists and counselors of all branches.
During my husband’s short tour, art was the one thing that kept me going. Art was and is like a life long friend who has always been there for me when I was going through the worst times. It was only after we were reunited and life got back to normal for us that I realized there is a major need for arts in the military! Art has such a healing ability that many active duty, veterans and their families could use to cope with everyday military life. I believe I have the artistic ability and in a few short years, will have the psychological knowledge to create artistic social programs for military members.
I have finally found my life purpose. Sometimes, it is hard to see that what we have planned may not be what we are meant to do. I would encourage anyone feeling as though they are searching for meaning or in the same boat of just not being fulfilled with their lives to keep going! The season you are in now will not be the same season you are in tomorrow. You have the ability to discover the “why” of your life—sometimes all it takes is the grit to keep searching.