By Ana Maria Villaveces
John Koenig is a character in the television series Space: 1999. John Koenig is also a freelance designer set in St.Paul, Minnesota.
(This is relevant. Trust me.)
There’s something inevitable about where you end up in the world. Even though there are many encouraging quotes and stories telling you to just reach after what you want and fight for what you love, the fact is that we live in a world that limits our opportunities. It is possible, despite the many optimists who tell you otherwise, to find yourself well and truly stuck. Everyone has probably felt it at some point; the sense of loneliness that clings to your bone marrow and climbs up your spinal chord like a vine too strong for its chosen resting place, the fear surging through your bloodstream when you consider the worst-case scenarios, the hope that keeps pulling your strings even when you think they’ve already been wound too tight. Most importantly, the scalding realization that there is an entire world you could be experiencing, but instead you’re spending your life in a constant circle of what everyone expects.