Thought Catalog


I had spent my whole life planning everything – what AP classes I needed to take in high school to get into the college I dreamed about, far away from home, what courses to take in college, what study abroad program to attend, what actions I needed to take to propel myself as far away from where I was as possible. And it had fallen through.

Nothing major is holding me back, and I have the world at my fingertips along with a degree under my belt, some money saved up, and a free spirit that’s longing for adventure.

Yes, you read the title right. It says ‘dream,’ not ‘dog.’ However, I was born a dreamer. At three years old, I already knew that when I grew up, I wanted to be a mermaid with a beautiful voice. When I didn’t grow a tail during my first swimming lesson, I went home with a broken dream and a broken heart.