Sunlight streams in through my window as I listen to the chirps of small birds in the morning breeze. The clock reads 7am, and though it’s early I’m refreshed and ready to start my day. As I go through my morning routine (brewing coffee and making breakfast), my mind reels with all that I want to get accomplished that day. I sit down to eat and check in with the news, social media feeds, emails, and my to-do lists. A sense of serenity fills the air as I plan for my day. It’s second nature for me to reflect on my experiences, and many of my most imploring thoughts come during these morning hours.
Recently I’ve been inspired to think about my life journey and path. My 20th birthday is coming up on the 19th (I can hardly believe it!), and I feel as though the 18 year-old I was not too long ago is very different from the almost-20-year-old I am today. I entered college with an undeveloped sense of self and a vague path. I knew what interested me, but I didn’t know how to get there. I felt overwhelmed by the enormous world around me, and did what I could to navigate the unchartered ocean of adult life.
All of my experiences taught me something about myself that forged a path for my new life journey. My passion for Religious Studies was realized, and I was able to declare my major of study enthusiastically. With each step in this new direction came new opportunities and adventures. There are many sayings that revolve around the mantra of ‘choosing your direction,’ and these words of wisdom guide how I live my daily life.
As many of you have seen, my blog has grown with my life. Over the summer I started a vegan lifestyle, which has become a large part of my daily life. I got a nose piercing to reflect my authentic self and my journey into my second decade of life. I started daily meditation and yoga practices to clear my mind of negativity and take care of my body. I’ve also invested in natural skin care and foods to nourish my mind and body, and I finally feel aligned with my true self. I’ve been able to connect with many inspiring bloggers, creators, entrepreneurs, adventurers, and friends along this journey, and have learned more about myself through their inspirational experiences.
But the journey hasn’t always been easy. Mila Bron has a wonderful mantra that sums up how I now feel about this journey that I’ve been on: “I am learning to trust the journey, even when I do not understand it”. There were many aspects of my journey that I didn’t understand. Why didn’t I love what I thought I wanted to study? Why does it feel as though nothing is working out like it should? How am I supposed to learn how to navigate the complexities of adult life?
There were many things that I didn’t understand, but looking back on them has made me realize that I wouldn’t be where I am without these learning experiences. I would have never found my love for Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies had I not taken a primarily upper-class course my first semester of college. I would have never realized the importance of taking care of my mind and body without reaching out for help, and taking the plunge to change my diet and lifestyle habits. I would have never rekindled my love of writing and connecting with the world had I not taken the chance to put myself out there and share my voice with the world. I would have never realized how wonderful life truly is had I not focused on integrating positivity into my daily life. I learned all of these things through trial and error, and though the journey was rough at times and confusing at others, I ended up right where I’m supposed to be.
I walk around campus taking in the colors of the tree leaves, the sky and the clouds, and all of the things that I have to be grateful for. I’ve embraced a lifestyle of simple living, which has allowed me to focus on what matters most. Most importantly of all, I spend every day living my journey and I’ve found my path. I encourage you to reflect on your journey, and know that many adventures and opportunities await. Though the journey may not always be easy or clear, you will end up right where you’re meant to be. 🙂
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