The fall semester is in full swing. I work in admissions, which means it’s been a busy time at the office, but this semester is significant because it’s my last one as an undergraduate student. I used to feel so embarrassed about the fact that it’s taken me so many years to graduate from this place, but now I’m pretty proud of myself for not giving up. It would have been easy to quit or to continue feeling bad about myself because it took me longer than it could have, but I didn’t.
I do wish I would have started sooner, but now, one of the key aspects of my job is to help people realize that it’s not too late to start doing what they want to do. I even spoke about it to a group of incoming students at orientation at the beginning of the semester, which was fun. That’s one of the key aspects of this blog too, isn’t it?
I always thought that I needed to follow a certain path to be happy and healthy, but I’ve learned that every path is different. My experiences are unique, and they’re valuable. I get paid to spend my days encouraging others by helping them see that it’s possible to change their lives if they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone. I love it, and I’m on a career path that I enjoy. I like going to work every day, and even though I still have a lot of work to do with my body, I feel healthier and more content than ever before. It’s a good feeling.
I’ll be starting graduate school at some point next year, which I mentioned in a recent post. And after years of feeling like it was too late or too hard, I know that I can live a peaceful and content life that I’m happy to call mine. I wish I had known that throughout the years that I was trying so hard to be someone I clearly was not, but I’m glad I learned it in my 30’s instead of later or never.
Have you ever learned things about yourself that helped you change your life?