Following Your Own Path

Hello again! This is kind of a random post, but it has been weighing on my mind recently because there has been a lot going on in my life. I’ve been working on finals and exams are finally over, and the hardest semester of my life is finally done. I was talking with one of my best friends Caroline the other day and realized: it’s only about 6 months until I move out to L.A. How scary is that?! As scary as that is, I just have to keep working hard and reaching for my goals. As long as I am the most prepared for the move and (hopefully) internship as I possibly can be, then I will be good.

This past semester has really been quite eye opening for me. I’ve learned a lot about myself, how I communicate when stressed or nervous, how I handle large amounts of school work, and personal life stress. One of the biggest things I've learned however, is that everyone has their own path they have to take.

This has been one of the most challenging lessons to learn. Many of the other Theatre major seniors are leaving for their internships soon and going off to start their lives. Because I am getting two minors I need this extra semester to finish up those credits. It’s been extremely hard seeing almost everyone in your grade get their internship and go off and start their life while I’m still in school. It really hit me when the rest of the seniors in my internship class performed in their senior showcase and are selling their stuff and moving to New York. Seeing them ready to go and start their lives made me feel like I had messed up. I wasn't taking the path I needed to take to get to L.A. and start my internship. This was really bugging me throughout finals. Seeing the seniors slowly stepping back from school and stepping into the real world made me feel behind.

Then I started truly thinking about the extra transition time I have. And then it hit me. It’s okay that I’m doing something a little different. Because even though most of the seniors are leaving, all of their paths are different. Not all of them are going to New York, not all of them have the same type of internship. Some are going to different cities and states or even countries around the world. Just because I am taking a little more time doesn't mean my path is wrong, it means that it is my specific path.

Everyone in life has their own path they must follow, or even make! Just because you are taking a different path from someone else doesn't mean you won’t be successful, it just means you are doing it your own way. In life, everyone must make their own way through life. So don’t get discouraged! Keep on moving forward in the way that is best for you! I’d rather take a path that makes me happy than do something that I know isn't for me. For a lot of the other seniors, it’s doing their internship now. And I am so proud of them and their hard work! It will be weird without them this semester, but they are chasing their dreams just like me. If I had done my internship this spring I wouldn't have had the opportunity to be Student Auditions Coordinator, and that position has taught me so much! I couldn't imaging giving up that learning experience.

Chase your dreams, do things that scare you! I know I am right now. In life you must do what works for you and what makes you happy even if it scares you a little. Keep your chin up when you’re discouraged and remember you pave your own path.

So again I will end with a quote I feel encompasses this post and my feelings:

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
-Henry David Thoreau
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