Imagine you're intelligent, which you may already be. Ever since you were little, you were told that you can amount to so much. You have the world to look forward to and you can do and be whoever you want. Not only are you smart enough, but you're determined enough. You have more than enough passion.
Growing up, you look forward to growing up. You look forward to a cool job that you love and a life that you've built. There's bumps along the way, but you never forget your dream of being your own person and of being good at it.
Then you go to college. It's more than you could have ever wanted. You learn constantly and you're surrounded by different points of view than your own. Everything you believe in is being challenged in the best way possible and you begin to figure out who you really are. You're well on your way of becoming an adult with a life you can be proud of. The opportunities start rolling in, but so are the criticisms.
When you finally figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, people feel like they have the right to say that you're wrong. Maybe they don't say that you're wrong, but they say that you're being selfish. The same people that told you that the world would soon be at your feet are telling you that the same world is no longer an option. That would be too selfish.
But you ignore them. You know what you want and this is what you've been working towards your whole life. Nothing can stop you now. Now, how would you the feel if they bring God and faith into this?
"You can't pursue your dreams because it's not what God want for you."
"You can't shoot for the stars and the world is no longer your oyster because that's not part of the Lord's plan, as set out in His Word of course."
Even then, you keep going. You continue to work towards your goal and the life you want, but things take a turn for the worse. The rhetoric starts to attack you.
"You're not being a good Christian by pursuing this life."
So here you are, right now. You're stuck in a place of going for the life that God has set out in front of you. This is what he has handed to you as your purpose, as your life's work, and as your ministry. But it's different than what people are used to. It's different than the people that surround you. So you're wrong. You're wrong for not wanting to live the same life as everyone else. You're wrong because your beliefs differ only slightly. You're wrong for pursuing the life that God has told you to strive for.
And all because you have the audacity to be a strong and passionate woman.