This may sound a little millennial to some of you. I think it is probably the most "millennial minded" mindset I have. If you have the opportunity, or you are in a place in life when you have a little bit of freedom to do whatever you want, then do it. Is it your dream to travel? Can you afford to do that right now? Then do it. Do you want to completely change your career path from what you went to school for? Can you afford to give it a try? If so, why not do it. There is no reason to stay complacent where we are, or be unhappy because we feel the necessity to do what we don't love.

Now don't get me wrong, I understand that some people, some time frames of life, some personal situations, lend to the fact that you have to just do what you have to do. I get that. I have experienced it a tiny tiny bit in my life (because I fortunately have had a more cushy life). I have talked to people who have experienced it more in full. I understand that these kinds of lives exist. But I still believe that if you have the ability and freedom to dive into something different, by all means you should do it. Don't let anything hold you back. Uncertainty and disbelief in yourself is a lie.

I have been trying to take advantage of my situation more and more recently. I have been really trying to be dedicated to studying and building my skills as a developer. I have been trying to shoot and edit photos more regularly, and when I can in different places. I have gone on a couple day trips and a couple multi-day trips in the past month or so. The reason I have been able to do all of this is only because I'm taking advantage of the chances I have because of my life. Spending a few days in Central Oregon only because I wanted to go take pictures was something I couldn't have done before. In this moment of my life I was able to. So I took it. And it was incredibly rewarding.

The chances that you should be taking may be in a huge range of opportunities. Maybe your chance is serving in a different ministry that has looked a little appealing recently. Maybe it's getting to try something completely new for your work (this happened to me, I tried to get a job building guitars because why not try?). Maybe it's spending more time with a new human that has popped up in your life. Maybe even multiple humans (in my opinion your life can always use more humans :D). Whatever it is popping up I say go for it. What do you have to lose? Sure it may not work out, sure it may derail your progress in life a little bit. But if the experience is worth it, then who cares. Just take a chance.