Faith is a funny thing

Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of things on faith–hoping that everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to and placing a lot of things regarding my future in God’s hands. I keep telling myself that everything will work out because, let’s face it, it always does. It may not be in the exact ways that we expect it, but everything in some way or the other works out.

When we were little kids, we believed in Santa Claus, fairies, princes and princesses living in castles and fairy tales. We had fantasies of the way our lives would be, the way that everything would turn out. For me, I would be a bestselling author, writing novels and stories day after day for the reading public.  But somehow, as we get older and grow up, we open our eyes. The fantasies and the beliefs in fairy tales disappear and we are left with reality. Yet, deep down inside of us, we never really let the fantasy go. We have the smallest glimmer of hope that one day, we’ll open our eyes and the fantasy will come true. Continue reading

What we need to know about ’emerging adulthood’

In a recent column, I brought up the topic of ’emerging adulthood,’ which has garnered the attention of psychologists and sociologists, particularly Jeffrey Arnett. This concept, this developmental stage, has peaked the interest of scholars across the nation, but it also explains a number of trends that have become more prevalent among 20-somethings.

For instance, in the 1970s it was commonplace for a 21-year-old to be married or about to be married, caring for a newborn or expecting a newborn, finished with education and settled into a full-time, long-term job. These phases in adulthood have been shifting. Today, for the typical 21-year-old, marriage is anywhere between 4-5 years (often more) away, parenthood is commonly not thought of, education is ongoing through graduate school or an extended undergraduate program and job changes are frequent. The road to adulthood is a long one for many 20-somethings as they attempt to find their place in the world, their interests and passions that will keep them fulfilled.

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