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Lately, when I go to local business and see familiar people, I’ve been asked the same question, “So, what are you doing now? Are you going to school?” 

Right now, I’m working full-time at the Star Eagle, which may or may not be obvious by the amount of material I’ve had in the past few issues of the paper. I’m planning on going back to MSU in Mankato, where I did a semester of post-secondary last year. I’m just not sure if it’ll be this winter or next fall. 

The other thing people seem to want to know is what I plan on going into for a career. I’m still pretty undecided; there are a lot of things I’m interested in, but I just can’t figure out what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. 

No matter what I choose, I’ll continue writing, because it’s kind of a passion of mine. As far as what I actually want to do, however, I still don’t know. 

But that’s what these years are for, right? I’m 19 and still growing up; I don’t need to know what I want to do yet. This is the time for me to figure that part out.

I can honestly say I’m happy with how things are in my life right now, though. I hold a good job where I appear to be doing well. 

I’ve got a new boyfriend as of about two weeks ago, and I’m finally realizing who my true friends are. I’m making memories I’ll never forget and sharing them with people who hopefully will be in my life for a long time. 

The older I get, the more I realize the things adults told me as I was growing up are very true. Time does go by faster, responsibilities suck, and not trying to grow up too fast is essential. 

I’m doing my best to enjoy this time of my life, because I know that soon enough I’m going to have to fully grow up — have a career, a family, that kind of thing. The thought of that is really scary, as I’m sure many of you remember. But, hopefully I’ll be prepared when that time does come.

I also want to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you,” to everyone who gives me feedback on my writing. Thankfully, it’s all been good, and you don’t even know how much I appreciate it. 

It’s really flattering to know that people actually enjoy reading what I write. I know I’ve given this rant before, but it’s true. 

I apologize for the short column this week, but you can definitely expect more consistent updates in the near future. I’ve got the creativity wheels turning in my head, and I have a lot of ideas that are just begging to be written down. 

Until next time, loyal readers — have a great week, stay safe and take the time to enjoy life.

P.S. Please do your best to ignore the picture on the title of this column; I’ve been asking for a new one for a while with no success. Whoever decided to put my school picture that more resembles a mug shot did not run it by me first, but I’m working on changing it.

Editor’s note: any and all plans announced in this column are subject to change

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