EMILY’S BRAVE ADVENTURES
Moving to a new city is exciting – but equally as frightening. So many questions run through your head. Can I find my way around? Are the locals nice? Where am I going to live? What if I can’t find a Target?! Okay…that last one might just be me. But regardless of your specific concerns, it’s completely normal to be scared. Diving into the unknown is a daunting process. I would be more worried about you if you weren’t scared. But fear isn’t something you should let control you. Sometimes going beyond your comfort zone is beneficial. It can teach you more about yourself – who you are and what you want in life. I’ve officially been in Boston for over a month and I love it!
Of course I miss my family and friends; and it might be nice to drive somewhere without using a GPS – but it’s all part of the experience. The “YOLO” catch phrase is a little cliché…but it’s so true. You DO only live once – why not make the most of it? When opportunities present themselves, take them! Don’t let life pass you by. More often than not, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more so than the ones you did. New situations can often push you to embrace your independence. I ate in public alone for the first time ever a few weeks ago. And no, it may not be ideal – but it gave me time to think. Doing things on my own no longer instills as much apprehension as it used to. I feel very comfortable exploring on my own – hey, I sometimes even prefer it! Now having met new friends, I no longer have to do everything alone – but it’s nice to know that I can.
I don’t want to look back on life when I’m seventy-five and wish I had done more. I want to be seventy-five with no regrets and plenty of stories to tell. Fear should never hold you back. Be brave and dive into the unknown. Take unexpected opportunities. Do something out of your comfort zone. Meet new people. Change your major. Go skydiving. Just do something. Follow your passions and take advantage of life – I promise you won’t regret it.