Up, Up and Away
How often do we take a chance on something new and feel completely and utterly lost? But, only for a moment and I know what you’re thinking here comes another story on self-discovery. However, I’ll stop you right there I’m only halfway through my journey. As a Twenty-two-year-old woman whose whole life was based in New York, and now currently a grad student in London. I remember saying goodbye to my mother as I went through security at JFK, with the voice in the back of my head saying,
“Are you sure?”
But, I ignored it and found myself at my boarding gate. And, then thirty minutes later I realized I was at the wrong gate, running frantically, so I don't miss my flight. On the plane, seatbelt fastened, random stranger who doesn’t want to want to make any conversation. Up until this moment, it didn’t hit me that I was leaving. I guess I was too caught up in the excitement. And, then five mins after take-off, I’m looking out the window my hearts beating fast, and I’m like oh wait I'm really doing this. So, somewhere between my heart about to explode and fidgeting with my headphones, I found air radio. The only thing to calm down as I began this journey and believe it or not I wouldn’t have made it without the 90s R&B playlists on repeat.
Twelve months in London and I still have moments where I ask myself how I did it and, get questions from my friends about how I did it. Long ago when I would play scenarios in my head of things I wanted to do but was too scared to take a chance on, I was only letting time pass by. What I’ve learned with taking this chance is there will be many hurdles, and you may find yourself asking for chips and be handed crisp and vice versa(It's okay I’ve gotten better since being here).
Overall, what I’m getting at is take a chance, make a change and break away [ insert Kelly Clarkson lyrics]. Middle school me would be proud that a place I’ve only dreamed of visiting I made come true and now feels as though I have a second home. So, now I ask you whoever is reading this whats something your middle school self would be proud you took a chance on are. My motto is “Do you” because at the end of the day, make sure you're happy in what you do. Even if it means taking a step back and figuring out what works for you, and sometimes that means stepping away for a while.