One Year Here
This weekend marked my one year anniversary of being in Colorado. I cannot imagine being any where else in the world; I feel extremely content with my decision to move here. I truly believe that the amount of growth and development I have experienced has been priceless.
The choice to move here did not come easily to me. I agonized about grad school, about whether or not I should take out loans for this degree, or if moving away would be the best thing for me. I had a great community in Houston and it was painful to let that go. Fears and doubts clouded my decision making process for quite some time, but I eventually came to the conclusion that it was time for me to go.
Life changing decisions are overwhelming, powerful, and often gut-wrenching. But if the only thing holding you back from making your decision is the presence of fear and concern for the future, it is time to take the leap of faith. Choices are not meant to be made out of fear. You will always be able to talk yourself out of taking a chance. If I had listened to my fear, I would have stayed in Houston (which probably would have been fine), and I do not think it would have been the best thing for me. The experiences, relationships, and connections I have made have been amazing gifts to me in the past 365 days.
Decisions are meant to be made confidently and you have the option to choose where you are going in life*. If I had waited longer to start my program, I would not be where I am; almost half-way through. I cannot wait to see what is to come in the next year, July 2016 will be here before I know it, but I know I will be on my way to accomplishing my goals; because of my leap of faith.
p.s. If you are in a place where you are having trouble with a decision or a difficult stage of life, check out these links.
"Decisive"- Book by Chip and Dan Heath
"Why 30 is not the new 20"- TED talk by Meg Jay
*Sometimes it may seem that we do not have a choice, but I am fully convinced that even if your choices are very small, you still have the option to choose. I know I am privileged to attend grad-school. I get that. Your decisions may look different, but you should always remember that you have a choice.