When I graduated high school, I was determined to be unconventional, to travel the world, and to be successful while doing it. Yes, these are all still huge goals for me. It just took a lot longer than I anticipated to figure out what that looked like, what I needed to do to work towards that, and how little progress I would make in a year. For the longest time, I harbored shame in the fact that I stayed at my parents, working a job that I did not love. But here is the truth: That path was what I needed at the time, and it gave me invaluable life-perspective and skills I would not otherwise have. In that part of my journey, I learned how to adjust and thrive in hard places. I grounded myself, learned who I am and what I want to learn from the world and give to the world.
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