As most of you know I moved down to Charleston for the summer. This came about back in February when I got rejected by some internships that I had applied and interviewed for. I decided that I would use this new found time to adventure somewhere new (as I always do). I’ve been to Charleston twice before and absolutely fell in love with this charming town so why not come back!
Because I have more time then usual and basically no stress I have had a few eureka moments here.
Growing up I’ve always felt that my fate had always been in someone else’s hands for example: college admissions directors, job recruiters or even my parents. As I’m starting to make my own decisions based on what I’m interested and passionate about I have gained so much more power and freedom in my life. However, it can be tough to be able to identify your own strengths and special abilities that make you unique. This can takes a lot of time but reflection is an important part of life that I believe isn’t focused on enough. This time has given me the ability to really look deep into myself to find what I want to do in the future. As I graduated college and even into my freshman year people told me that I would “figure it out” in regards to what I wanted to pursue as a career. I have 4 classes left before the real world and my life could not feel more indecisive.
New experiences, like moving to a new city by yourself, brings soul searching to a whole new level. I hope that this experience brings for me what my time in Africa, London and all the other places I’ve spent time in have brought me. Happiness and understanding.
If you didn’t already know my favorite book is the alchemist and it basically touches on this topic. I found this quote as I’m doing my laundry in a laundromat (new experience Anna, new experiences) and wanted to share with you all (y’all?).
“… we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them- the path to their personal legends, and to happiness…”