Thanks to iCloud, an old journal entry popped up on my laptop called: Moving In Your 20’s – written on October 14, 2017, 2 weeks after I moved from Connecticut to Orlando, Florida. I found this journal entry to be quite the interesting read for many reflective reasons, and I hope this resonates with you, whether you’re planning on moving somewhere new, or would like to down the road!
Moving can be one of the most invigorating moments in a person’s life, or the scariest, depending on your mindset for change. Whether you are moving for college, for a jump start to your career, or just for the hell of it, it takes a lot of guts!
I decided to make the biggest move thus far in my life at the age of twenty-four. It was time to pack up my bags in Connecticut where I was born and raised, and journey down to a place with the most unpredictable weather… good ol’ Florida! It hasn’t been a simple flick of the wrist for me. Though I have my father, I left my full time job (safety) that paid the bills, majority of my family (comfort), my friends (support), and my overall stability. Nonetheless, I was content. But was I settling?
What I have realized thus far is that I am not one who takes change very lightly. Now settling in to my new Floridian home, I have dealt with a rollercoaster of emotions.
So let’s lay it out on the table: change sucks. Whether you are one to find it easy or one who takes it hard, we are all are taking a risk of leaving what we know so well behind. The grocery store down the street you knew the ins and outs of like the back of your hand. Waving to your neighbors in the morning as you prepare your essential breakfast. Meeting up with your friends for happy hour. It all becomes natural, like second nature. Then, it’s gone. As human beings, we cradle the thought of consistency. Once the pattern is broken, it can sometimes feel like a moment of chaos.
What I am here to tell you is that without taking on this transformation in my life, I would not have given myself the opportunity to find out who I am and my capabilities. Though I am scared, I am grateful for the opportunity given to me. Moving means making new connections, friendships and relationships. It means finding a new career and giving you the chance to find out what you’re most passionate about. It empowers us to push forward, to break the barriers, to find out what you’re truly destined to do in life (cliché, but true!).
Change is like opening your favorite box of cereal searching for the mystery prize inside: you don’t know what you’re expecting, but you are willing to find out. Change can ignite a fire within you that empowers you to do good in your life. You are challenged by the world around you. for those who have decided to step forward to take a risk on your normal life, I commend and respect you so much. For those who are content where they stand in life, that is great! The most important rule is, be happy. Be grateful. And if the case is that you haven’t found your happiness, take that leap of faith you have been contemplating about, and go out and get it. No one can create your sense of worth and being but yourself!