Starting my senior year of college brings so much anxiety, nervousness and overwhelmingly felling of joy to my soul. This is the beginning of the end. After these next ten-or-so months in school, I graduate and enter the real world. This is so hard for me to fathom because I feel like I'm still a little, awkward 13 year-old girl who doesn't know how to style her hair who wears Abercrombie&Fitch and Hollister on the daily, tries to fit in by wearing lots of eye liner because "make-up makes you pretty," and getting made fun of because of how I looked and the snacks I ate.
Looking back, I knew I was different than my peers - I had more ambition, drive, and although I may not have succeeded as much as they did, I sure never gave up. Dealing with the constant pressures and negativity of our ever-changing society at a young age gave me the ability to be more compassionate, caring, open, trusting and hopeful. Overcoming bad situations, not only strengthen your mentality, but it enhance your ability to cope and interact with many different people from numerous backgrounds through dozens of situations. I am slowly realizing my potential and what I hope to accomplish in this world and my past will only help me get there.
After everything, here are some things I've learned that help keep me going:
- Don't rush life- Everything happens when they're supposed to happen and for a specific reason. *usually the reason isn't realized until after your experience*
- Travel as much as you can, when you can, I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a bank account of a billionaire, but a trip to a new place here or there every year is good for you. Adventure is apart of human nature-to explore what is out there. So, why not?
- Don't cry 5 minutes over something that won't matter in 5 years. *it's a waste of your precious time and energy*
- People come into your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime (my favorite one). When someone is in your life for a REASON, it's usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly- they have come to help you through a difficult time or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. Then, without any notice, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our purpose is fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent/ wished upon has been answered and it is now time to move on. When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may teach you something you have never done- they usually bring you an unbelievable amount of joy but only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends. LIFETIME, relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway);, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life."
- Make the best of each day you are given. Life is too short to live with the regret of wishing you told the boy in your math class that he's cute, just tell him. You'll feel so much better and more proud of yourself-no matter what happens!
I am thankful to be who I am and everyone that has been in my life thus far. From experience, focusing on the good aspects of your life will enhance your overall ability to think positive daily. Millennials have so much potential and we are just starting to realize it, so keep hold of your ambition and creativity and never let anyone tell you you can't do something because of who you are or where you're from.
Im excited to see what the rest of my senior year holds and I look forward to living it to the fullest!
*HUGE shoutout to the talented Lauren Herwig for the fabulous photos. Definitely give her website a look!*