I’m 23 years old and as hard as it is to admit I was barely independent a year ago. I was still living at home with very few expenses to my name yet I couldn’t find a way to get ahead and move on to the next chapter of my life. I grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba and as cute and small as the town I went to school was in, it just wasn’t for me. I wanted nothing more than to move away from my hometown, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. Where do I go? What do I do? How will I know if it is the right decision? Those were the common questions I would ask myself on a regular basis.
I found myself stuck in a rut and unable to find a way out. I was beyond frustrated and tired of living the same days over and over and not being happy. I remember thinking when I was little that once I turned 18 everything would be perfect; and boy was I wrong.
I am so proud of myself that I found the courage and strength to move away from home. I won’t lie it was terrifying and there have been some incredibly challenging times but I have finally learned some of life’s best lessons. I’ve learned that when you have nobody but yourself to rely on you’ll find out just how strong you really are.
Life is all about taking risks and always being open to challenging yourself. I believe that when you step out of your comfort zone and let down whatever guards you may have built up over the years you’ll find some of the most rewarding experiences over the horizon.