n Monday, September 11th, 2017, I officially turn 20 years old. 2 whole decades into my life and no longer a teen. As insignificant as it may seem, so many lessons have been learned up until this point in my life. And I’m grateful for all of them; the good, the bad and the ugly.
An important lesson that has hit home with me so much has been to be true to myself. When I say being true, I’m not only talking about loving and accepting who you are. I also mean being able to be honest with yourself and realizing what is best for you. Accepting that life will not always go as planned, but when things happen they happen for a reason to help you in someway and to guide you to becoming who you were meant to be.
I will admit that I am the type of person who sometimes likes to believe that everything is okay, that if I just continue doing what I’m doing I’ll end up fine, even if I truly don’t love it; because sometimes accepting my realities is hard for me to do.
If you were to tell me 3 years ago, as a bright-eyed freshman following the medical crowd that I would eventually drop it all to pursue fashion and beauty and be creative, I would have thought you were insane. That by my sophomore year the urge to rethink my entire career would be so strong it hurt to deny giving into it. I didn’t want to believe, I wasn’t willing to believe.
I have always had a knack for the arts and creativity; as I got older and wasn’t able to create, that side of me became a lost in the background. As I continued with life, my creativity would make an appearance from time-to-time, but I would always suppress it. I did not want to believe that I couldn’t be like my science peers; be a great physician and be what I thought could guarantee success. But God had different plans for me. He wasn’t going to let me hide the creative gift that he blessed me with. He showed to me who I was truly destined to be, even if it was not what I initially planned. He reassured me that I COULD be great if I followed my dreams. It wasn’t easy to accept, but I’m thankful that I did.
It is never to late to do what you love in life. When you are given a gift, use it and never let it go.
20 years is my new beginning, the start to my destiny. Cheers to a new chapter in my life and many more to come.
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