All of my life I’ve embraced change. I switched grade schools when I was about 10 to a school where I only knew two other people, one of them being my brother. My family moved when I was 13 years old to a small town where we did not know a single soul, fortunately we moved back nine months later. I chose a high school where I only knew two people. I chose a college 250 miles away from where I’ve spent my whole life and where I knew absolutely no one. But here I am now, nearly 10,000 miles away from the place that I grew up and yearning for more adventure. I came here with one other person from my university that I did not know. Now, I couldn’t imagine myself leaving. But life has to go on, and June 1st I will be on a plane headed back to my hometown ready to begin my next adventure. This time though, my next adventure will be something I have already done. Within the next couple of months I have to choose a university where I will spend the remaining years of my undergrad. Whether it is 100, 750, or nearly 2,000 miles away, I will be starting again. If there’s anything I’ve learned through all of this, it’s how necessary it is to leave your hometown. The thing about my hometown is that no one really leaves; everyone always somehow ends up coming back and spending the rest of their life there. But for me, my hometown is synonymous with my past and some memories that I would rather forget than let live on inside my head. Some may say it’s running from your problems, but to me, it’s not. I chose to leave on my own. I chose to face my fears. I chose myself, over my past. When you leave your hometown, you take back your life. You finally get to make your own decisions. You get to do what makes you happy. You get to write your own story that no one else can influence. You get to find yourself again. Your opportunities become limitless. Leaving your hometown is one of the greatest things you’ll ever do, trust me. Life should excite you, you shouldn’t feel comfortable and unchallenged. When you begin to feel comfortable is the moment you should change something. Maybe your hair color or maybe where you live, but don’t just sit back, do nothing, and let life pass you by. Life isn’t made for the same things to be done over and over again. Get away from what you know. You have your old age to sit back and do nothing and be comfortable. Don’t let these years of good health waste away.
Leave. Go out and find yourself. You can always come back, life will still be waiting for you. Take back your life and go on your biggest adventure yet. You’re somebody. Now go out and prove it. You can thank me later.