1000 Different Lives
By Farris Turner
Over the past few months, a reoccurring thought has been coming to mind: if only I had enough time to experience all (or at least a good many) of the different lives this world has to offer. If only I could walk in the shoes of numerous people with varying worldviews and lifestyles. If only I could gain wisdom and perspective by being a part of communities in all corners of the globe.
As a junior in high school, I have a lot of big decisions coming up. "Where am I going to go to college?" "What do I want to major in?" And let's not forget: "What kind of person do I want to be?" Whenever I start thinking too hard about these huge decisions, sometimes I am tempted to sell every non-essential item I own, buy an Airstream or VW Van and start driving. I would be living life on the road with my guitar, camera and dog. (This lifestyle was inspired by Foster Huntington.) Do you ever get sporadic urges like that?
I was having coffee with one of my favorite people the other day, and she said something that really stood out to me: "Sometimes I just wish I could live a thousand different lives." I have never agreed with anything more. We went on to talk about how many of our different aspirations and life goals contradict each other. What if one day I want to be a young business professional in New York City, and the next day I want to be a missionary in a remote village in Africa? And the day after that I want to be an actress in the heart of Los Angeles? Do these impulsive, contrasting desires come as a result of my age? Or will I hear them as an adult as well?
People change. There's really no way around that. Evolutionists say that we adapt to our surroundings. Christians say we learn and grow from the experiences that God brings us through. Either way, we all seem to be in an agreement that as humans, we aren't meant to stay the same throughout our entire lives. We have changing emotions, financial situations and hobbies. Our friend groups and priorities change. Our ambitions and preferences change. So, do our hearts’ greatest desires change as well?
One of the most cliché phrases today is, "Follow your heart."
... Awesome. But what if I chase after the one thing my heart wants, and before I get there, my heart decides it wants me to make a 180 degree turn and go after something else?
We are very limited in our knowledge of what’s ahead, and maybe that’s a blessing in disguise. The only thing we know for sure is what we are passionate about in this moment. I think we should chase after our passions with everything we have, then one day God might use the path we’ve been running on to lead us to a different path. He might even lead us to a mountain, or to a valley. Regardless of where we are headed, we know where we are. We can see the things that need to be changed that are right in front of us.
Farris Turner is a high schooler who was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is extremely passionate about the effectiveness of youth, and their right to have a valued voice in society. If you would like to comment on this column or suggest future topics, you can find her on Instagram (@farristurner), Twitter (@farristurner04) or find her blog on Wordpress(https://farrisanne.wordpress.com/)