It sounds cliché right? Fight for yourself. I never fully understood this expression until about a year ago. Growing up I always did what was considered to be “acceptable”. Little did I know I was losing myself in the process. I was letting work, school, and extracurricular activities control my life. While I don’t regret one decision I’ve made, there are things that if I could go back and do a little differently I would. First of all, your high school reputation doesn’t define the rest of your life. I had many friends in high school but today only a handful of those I could still call friend. In college there are many many chances to make new friends and meet new people. Want to know something glorious about college? When you leave your hometown and venture to a new atmosphere, you get to CHOOSE who you want to be. You may love yourself already or you may not. But college is the chance to be who you want to be. Second, it is 100% acceptable to be single. In today’s society, everyone feels pressured to be in a relationship and get married but it truly is okay to be single. Your girlfriends call and want to go out dancing, guess what? You’re probably free to go out with them and make incredible memories that’ll you will laugh about years down the road. You don’t have someone constantly checking in on you just to see “what’s up?” I do admit, it’s nice having someone there for you, but don’t make it your priority and let it drive you mad. That perfect relationship you’re looking for will come when the time is right. And third, don’t be afraid to try something new. Invest yourself in multiple activities. Whether it’s a club, job, school work, personal time, or even having a social life. It’s important to find balance and stay active. If I would have stuck to the beaten path I’ve always taken I wouldn’t have found some of my closest friends that I have today! You never know what you might discover if you just take the chance and risk a little. To wrap this up the point I want to get across is: Find yourself. Grow within yourself. Make time for yourself. Learn to love yourself! Life is SO much better now that I’ve learned to love myself! Because I’ve learned to love myself and take risks I’ve discovered things about myself I never knew before. And overall, I’m a much happier person with MY life!
“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”