Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Monday, September 27, 2021

Final Thought: Life changes

You make plans and the universe laughs. 

I’ve heard the saying “You make your plans and God laughs,” and I have found this to be especially true since I turned 25 last month, and the milestone birthday hit me somewhat hard, and had me thinking of where teenage-me would’ve expected I’d be at this age because I never thought I would be living in Florida, or still living with my parents. The one thing 15-year-old me would be proud of is my career, and that I’m doing exactly what I went to school for and what I’d hoped to be doing by now. 

When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in 2018, I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do career-wise, so I continued to waitress in Buffalo for about a year before deciding to stay with my parents in Florida to save money while I figured that out. At the time I thought I would be here for six months, a year max. Here I am almost two years later, still “figuring it out.” 

In the meantime, Lake County and Florida have grown on me, and there are other factors that have convinced me to stay in the area at least a little while longer. For one, I appreciate the nature in Lake County, all of the festivals and events, and the community I’ve become a part of. My grandma also moved to Tavares last August, and as she just turned 75, I appreciate being able to spend time with her going to local festivals, and to a monthly writers’ group. I’ve also made quality friends here that I don’t want to say goodbye to anytime soon. 

Although times have changed since my parents’ generation in regards to when “young adults” get married, have kids, and even move out of their parents’ house (as all of those ages have been pushed back), I think it’s safe to say most of my peers still feel the pressure of running out of time, and the need to hurry up and get to where we think we should be. 

All that said, it’s safe to say the universe laughed at me, and my plans have changed. I just try to remember that if I’m not where I expected to be at this moment in time, it’s where I’m meant to be, and I should just go with it and understand I’ll get to what I’m working towards eventually. I have plenty of time. 

About the Author

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Victoria graduated from Canisius College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Writing. In August of 2019, she relocated to Eustis, Florida, and soon began at Akers Media Group assisting with social media projects. Later that year, she was promoted to a full-time writing position at the company and has since found her niche telling the stories of so many of Lake and Sumter County’s awesome people, thriving businesses, interesting organizations, awesome events, and important issues she’s had the pleasure learning about along the way. “I feel lucky to have found a job that I love at such a young age, and that I’m able to work with other talented writers who are constantly helping my own writing evolve,” Victoria says. Besides writing, Victoria’s passions lie in travel; she has visited over 18 countries and spent a semester in Galway, Ireland as a college student. In her free time, she also enjoys reading, experimenting with new recipes, and spending time with friends.

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