When You Don’t Realize That the Choice You’re Making Will Change Your Whole Life

And it is exactly what you need

jesscio
New Choices
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4 min readMar 14, 2022

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Because you asked Carol Lennox — my most enduring Medium friend — I am writing a piece about a decision I made that changed my life forever. It harkens back to the days when I was a young college freshman. I ended up at the same college my older brother had gone to two years before me — instantly making me — all over again — Tom’s little sister, which is who I had been all through high school. Only in college they had nicknamed him Tiny. So, I was Tiny’s little sister which wasn’t at all who I intended to be when I finally got to college. But my parents were in a shambles and there was no one to help me figure out who I really was or where I wanted to go to school so I went where my brother went. Not a great idea at all.

I survived the year, just barely, like really, I contracted meningitis, ended up at the Mayo Clinic, got better, rejoined my fellow hard-partying collegians and partied way too hard alongside them, got into way too much trouble — like embarrassing trouble even after all these years. In short, the school was a bad fit and I was acting out. I see that now. But, because, again, I had no guidance in my life, I still planned to return in the fall.

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jesscio
New Choices

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