For the first time in my life, I have absolutely no idea where I will be a year from now. The feeling is unexplainable. Thankfully, I have the most wonderful support system who always has my back. My family, boyfriend, and mentors are great cheerleaders to keep me going.
As I begin to research job and post-graduation options for myself, I’m learning how key baby steps are. Once I begin a new project, I cannot stop until my work is done — and finished to the best of my abilities. Job hunting is a different story, however. I’m learning it takes time.
We all have moments where we believe we’ve hit rockbottom. One of those moments for me was during the beginning of this past Fall semester. I realized I don’t have the necessary pre-requisites for certain meteorology grad school program. What I didn’t realize is that life works in mysterious ways. It just wasn’t meant to be and there was a better (online, distance-learning) route for me to take.
Remember how I mentioned my support system? My encouraging family? Well, one of my cheerleaders stepped in at the right moment when I was feeling down. She told me something that will stick with me forever.
“You do know sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t figure life out. Just let it go and you will be guided. Just keep your eyes and ears wide open.” -Aunt Mo
My Aunt Maureen, or as I like to call her “Aunt Mo,” is a huge inspiration to anyone and everyone. She’s always positive, always cheery, and always encouraging others. She’s the amazing mother of my older cousin, Ryan, who was born a premie. His entire, tiny body could literally fit in the palm of your hand. The obstacles she faced when he was born are a any new mother’s worst nightmare. Not only is he now a happy, healthy 30-year old, but Ryan has a great job as a PA, is recently engaged, and loves life to the absolute fullest. Maureen constantly loved and supported him, which seems to be our family’s recipe for success. Aunt Mo helped Ryan prove other’s wrong by guiding him through high school, college, and even PA school. I’m so proud of both of them and am thankful I can call them family.
Aunt Mo is just one example of my many cheerleaders. She and the rest of my support system is teaching me to take life one baby step at a time. No matter how much I’d like to figure life out right this moment, there’s no need to!
Enjoy all of life’s beautiful moments while you can. I need to remember how important baby steps are. So, thank you Aunt Mo and thanks to everyone else who is supporting me during life’s crazy journey!