Hey kids! Currently recovering from food poisoning (yes, right after I just recovered from my cold), but I honestly couldn’t be happier! I received a lot of really, really good news this past week, and my future is looking positively exhilarating right now.
Life is going by so quickly, and a part of me wonders if I should feel nervous or frightened. In truth, though, I’m too happy to let anxiety into my headspace. My life isn’t anything how I imagined it would be – as a kid, I saw the traditional path that my friends and family went on, and I automatically assumed that I would head down it as well. Go to university for four years, get a job that pays the bills, get married, and have kids. Simple, proven-to-work, and easy, right?
Right now, though, I’m about to turn twenty in a few months, I’m set to visit two countries before the year ends, and I’m going to be moving out-of-state for a graduate school program that’s insanely cool and involves scuba diving for sunken treasure. After that, I’m probably going to do another masters program, or get a PhD, and I’m definitely traveling even more. I’m literally paving my own path that no one else has ever gone down. My whole childhood, people told me that I couldn’t do this, or I wasn’t capable of doing that. It wasn’t always malicious, either – a lot of their warnings came from a place of love. Even now, at a top university where history is made every day, I’ve had professors and peers try to ‘bring me back to reality’. But, I’ve now grown up enough that I can acknowledge their worries without letting them dictate my choices, and I’m proud that I’ve reached the point in my life where I can confidently go in the direction of my dreams.
You are the only person who knows what you are capable of – not your teachers, not your friends, and not even your parents. If you have a gut feeling that you can accomplish something, then you have to chase after that goal, even if that means surpassing people’s expectations. If you let others define you, then you limit your life.
I’m not saying that I’ve got this ‘life’ thing figured out completely – I’m still a teenager, after all. But I do think that I’m developing a secure confidence in my abilities and choices, and I hope to carry that self-assuredness throughout all of my upcoming adventures.