Take A Moment and Say Thank You to Your FamilyGrowing up is a weird phenomenon for lots of reasons. I just recently turned 19. A couple of times in my life I have had one of thse…
Growing up is a weird phenomenon for lots of reasons. I just recently turned 19. A couple of times in my life I have had one of thse enlightening, but terrifying moments of freedom.
Freedom, not meant to be used in a positive or negative light, but rather a freedom from most everything.
You see, this first happened when I went to college (less than a year ago). It was the first time in my life that i moved away from home. I left all the comfort of my home, family, friends, hummus…everything — for the pursuit of an education. I happened to choose a completely foreign place, halfway across the country, at Washington University in St. Louis.
Looking back, this was an incredible decision. Doing something so out of my comfort zone (on purpose) was the best way for me to learn.
You can’t learn when you are comfortable.
But with that experience meant saying goodbye to my family…never an easy thing to do.
This same phenomenon is happening again, this morning, as I say goodbye to my family.
I am spending this summer alone in San Fransisco because I believe that this is the best place for me to learn. There will be times where I will be uncomfortable. But I am confident this is best for me.
Of course that also means less time with some of the people that I am close with.
Life is about trade-offs — my family wants me to learn as much as I can and enjoy as much as I can and that is one of the reasons as to why I am here: to make them proud.
I only wish there were ways to slow down time.
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By jordangonen on June 16, 2016.
Exported from Medium on February 17, 2018.