What I Learned

I mean it this time, I’m really going to try and keep this one brief…

11206009_10153244766268363_629697034771495945_nI learned that I need to appreciate the finer things in life. I learned that it’s silly to be nervous about everything. I learned that my mom is my favorite person and that water makes me happy. I learned that I need to take care of myself and pride myself for who I am and not pity myself in how I look. I learned that my deep passion for traveling isn’t going to be just a phase but a lifelong journey. I learned that I want to be happier and show it. To not let the stupid shit get me down. To not focus on the small things but admire the bigger picture. I learned that I still care much more than I should about people and things that don’t always deserve a second thought. I learned that I want to pursue my passions for photography and writing. I want to work on developing my personal style, touch. Even if the grammar is off sometimes and even if my photos are too contrast-y. I want to fucking travel and never stop. I don’t want to work to live and live to work. I want to see the world through my own eyes and laugh. I want to always be reaching for more and getting absolutely everything out of life that is worth getting.

11210443_10153233961343363_2436395386843007592_nAs brilliantly quoted by Arianna Huffington: “I wish I’d known sooner that success isn’t defined by who goes the longest without vacation.” I love my job and what I do. I’ve loved my past jobs and what I did. I pride myself in my work ethic and intellect but it consumes me. No matter what position I’ve held whether it be a sandwich artist at Subway, a sales rep at Digi-Key, or a marketing assistant at a newspaper – it becomes my life and I live because of it. No more. I’ll still do my best in everything I do but I won’t allow myself to feel guilty when I want to love life. Going forward, I am unapologetically living. And I hope you do too.

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