Ready? I’ve been in Europe for almost three months now and it has finally fully dawned on me that life has so many options to choose from, there is no rule book. If you want the white picket fence, the 9-5 job, and the 2.5 kids, by all means, go for it. But “The American Dream” is A dream, not the only dream. You’re allowed to go outside of the norm and create your own life, one that YOU are happy with. It doesn’t matter what standards society has set or what other people think, do what makes you happy, and do what makes you feel fulfilled. I have no idea what my plans are for when this year is over and I’m finally realizing that that’s okay and that I don’t need to have my whole life mapped out, I’m allowed to just wing it. Hell, I’m allowed to do whatever I want because it’s my life, and you can do what you want with yours. Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something or tell you that your dreams are unrealistic. We all have the ability to make our own decisions and there are many decisions to be made and that’s what makes life so beautiful, the fact that there are billions of us, and not a single one of us is living the same life as someone else. So don’t worry about the invisible standards and expectations set by whoever these people in “society” are, set your own. It’s only when you can start making choices for yourself that you can truly start living your own dream.