Young and Hopeful is the New Young and Dumb

Young and Hopeful is the New Young and Dumb.

There have been many times in my life when I have been told that I was young and dumb. They definitely had the young part right. I’m barely 21 and have my entire life ahead of me. However, I am not dumb. I am simply hopeful.

“Married at 18? Dumb.”

Getting married at the age of 18 was like I sent out a mass email to all people telling them to call me young and dumb. People to this day still think that and that is okay. Did I know what I was getting into? Not at all. I graduated high school on Friday, married my husband on Saturday, and moved 28 hours away on Monday.

I see why people described my situation with the word ‘dumb.’ However, I have never thought of it that way. I always thought of it as being very hopeful. I was hopeful that I was making the right decision, that I could handle being a wife to a sailor at 18, and living two thousand miles from everyone and everything I have ever known.

My hopefulness did not fail me. It was hard. Oh, it was so hard. However, my hopefulness turned into absoluteness. I could and did handle all of it and still do daily. I was hopeful and I overcame so many things because of it.

“Getting hired right out of college? Dumb.”

I am hopeful that after college I will land a job in a place that I love. I know that is not the way it works all the time for everyone. I know it is hard, but the job market is the highest it has been in years for new graduates . That is where my hopefulness part comes in. Some might say it is dumb to assume that I’ll be able to get a job right out of college. That thought alone is pretty disheartening to me. I’ve just spent 4 years of my life and tens of thousands of dollars to not be able to get a job? Come on, lets be a little more positive towards each other.

I will get a job. It might not be my dream job. It might be pretty far from my dream job, but everyone starts somewhere and I am hopeful that God will eventually open the door to the job I’ve always dreamed of, or haven’t ever thought of, God sometimes surprises us like that.

I worry. I stress. I get nervous.

But I am also extremely hopeful and for now, that is enough.

Jeremiah 29:11                                                                                                                                                                                                         “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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