Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined. And so, graduating class of 2004 we wish you the best of luck in everything your future holds. And I say, with a tear in my eye, you are for the very last time, dismissed.”The sheer euphoria of what followed went past me like such a blur. Whilst many of my friends were going on gap, or to uni or fulfilling some other dreams, reaching their “lives they’d imagined”, my life seemed obsolete. What was I gonna do? Only thirteen years at school and I still couldn’t answer the vital question – where was my life headed? I got swept up in the wave of mother/daughter lunches, father/daughter dinners and the infamous schoolies but what did it all even mean? Was this it? I’d finished school, such a vital part of me for so long – who was I now?Days lazing by the beach and partying at night, whilst my friends were all starting on their own endeavours, conquering the world, trying to prove to themselves, their school and the parents that the ten grand or so they’d forked out each year had been worth something! That their entire school life had actually moved them forward and given them a different destination to what they’d had at five when they started.The day I emerged though from my streams of unconsciousness, semi-aware of my discord with the world, yet powerless to enter it, was when I met Caz for coffee at Starbucks – the place to be. (Actually, Starbucks was always the place to be when at school, but we’ve left now – is it still?… hmm I not quite sure…)Anyway we met at around eleven and I was still recovering from the night before. It was now April and my marvellous plans of taking a year off, working my butt off, travelling the globe and being back in time for uni in March next year had seen me instead, wrecked every other night for the last four and a half months.“Soph babe – how are you? You look great – been working on your tan?” Caz chatted.“Haha, yeah just a bit – how’s uni treating you?”And then it began, like a wave, for the next forty minutes I heard her life story – her triumphs, her excitement, her tales and intrigues of uni life. And after about how the “campus is so big she’s been lost ohh so many times” and hows she’s really excited cos next year she’s spending six months of her Arts/Commerce degree in Italy where the “Italian boys are meant to be fine!”It was about the time she was telling me all about her work in the depths of Uganda over the summer I was done. I’m just so sick of the shit, the mundane “Hi. Welcome to Bakers Delight – what can I get for you?” or endless conversations with housewives along the lines of, “oh no, I definitely advise the Pasta Dura. It has much crunchier crust and yes, quite a low GI.”I found myself sitting there, listening to her speak, with...

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