Never in a million years did I think I, of all people, would be nervous about turning 29. I mean, what's age, right? Nothing but a number. But the thoughts started piling up -- of the things I had done, that I hadn't finished, that I hadn't started.
Stop listening to people who never even dared to make their dreams a reality and stop listening to people who are crying over sour grapes over the fact that they weren't able to succeed in their dreams so you must not succeed either type of people.
There is so much hope in those who share their own stories of failures and obstacles, of resilience and healing. And I want to share these words, as well as a few words of my own, to help other people find the same hopefulness that I'm seeking, that I'm fighting for.
In the beginning, you're still learning. You're still developing. You're still building. You haven't developed enough competency to feel disappointed by your performance. You're supposed to feel stupid and unskilled.
Don't let anyone hold you back. You'll end up regretting not ending things and discovering what else is out there. If you're clinging to a relationship just because it's all you know then it's not worth it.
Fate is a comforting idea, but everything that's beautifully messy and alluringly unpredictable happens outside our comfort zone. Everything doesn't happen for a reason. Everything happens and we give a reason why it's significant.
I am dating a man who strives everyday to be the person his father would be proud to see and I for one, am proud to be by his side. To all those who have witnessed how loss can change the person you once knew, take a minute to appreciate the honorable man they have become.
My future is full of unexplored possibility. Not reaching the next rung on my million step ladder to success has forced me to appreciate what's happening for me right now, and not what might be happening to me six months from now.
The world changes. We become aware of such change by listening to how we feel. Whether in the wilds of the woods or life, if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Look at it. Change your map accordingly. Make a course correction. It's the only way to get home.