Written by: Lindsey Gulotta, NALJA President
Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone’s summer was one to remember, and a lot of fun times and memories were made. As school time comes back around, I always think about how fast (too fast) the summer went by, and what’s to come up next. If you know me, you know I am a planner. I hate not knowing what’s going to happen – or not happen. This feature of mine has definitely had its pros and cons, but I can say it has taught me a lot these past few months.
One big pill I have had to swallow, especially in my college career, is that there is absolutely no way of knowing what’s to come next. Although I like to guess or try to plan it, we can only control so much. For instance, I thought undoubtedly, I had my career path planned out. One summer changed that whole “plan” I made for myself, when I realized a large aspect of my chosen career isn’t what I would wake up excited for every day. Learning to do what you can and let God deal with the rest can be hard, but it sure does give a lot of comfort.
Along with learning to not plan so much, I’ve been able to slow down and really try to concentrate on the “here and now”. I think in the fast paced and ever-changing world we live in, this often gets passed by. I still struggle with this, but the older I get, the more I realize how bad I just want time to slow down. Since I can’t force that, trying to soak up the little moments and really concentrate on what’s important has helped me slow time down in my own way. My dad really wasn’t kidding when he asked me to stay little forever, and I sure do wish I would have taken him up on that!
Lastly, I want to talk about how these last few summer months will be more important than anything I will ever learn in school. Don’t get me wrong, school and an education are something everyone should strive to achieve. But the memories I have made, people I have met, and life lessons I have learned is something I will never be able to be taught in a college auditorium. People skills, growing as a young adult, respect, discipline and so much more are real-world experiences that have been taught to me over and over again within this breed and the agriculture industry.
I urge you to realize the importance and cherish the extra family and barn time you get to spend at home during the summer. Take notice of what’s happening right in front of you and know that it’s okay to not know!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5