What I Thought I Knew About Life


In 2007, I left home. I was off to college, feeling like an adult for the first time in my life. Six years later, I went on a grand cross-country adventure, moving my life for a next step that would surely challenge me. I'd come to the realization that I knew a lot less than I thought I did, but felt like I would figure that all out with time. Four years later, having quit my degree, my career, and my only plan for life, I was back where I started. Older, yes, but feeling like I know a lot less about the world, and about life than I thought I did. For so many of us, we’re checking boxes in life, spending our time working toward what everyone is telling us we “should” want. But what if we decide we don’t want those things? What if the path we chose isn’t actually one we want anymore? I love the analogy of arrows when it comes to a change in direction in our lives because for an arrow to fly, it has to be pulled back to launch forward. What if we have to do the same to dare to change our path in life?

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