It’s 12:52 AM and jet lag is real. So I looked at my phone and realized that today makes a year at my job and 5 days ago made my first year of me living in the Bay. As I reflect on this past year, I am grateful to be able to live in an amazing place, meet some amazing people, and overall just develop into to the best person I can be. So, I decided to write a letter to myself a year ago to summarize my feelings on this past year.
Today you are about to start the first day of your career, and 5 days ago you made the biggest move of your life so far. You will contain every range of emotion possible. There are days where you feel like you can take over the world and there are times where you want to pack up all your belongings and head somewhere familiar. You will definitely miss your family and friends. You will strengthen certain relationships in your life and some will fall to the side. There are moments where you will feel like this is where I am supposed to be and then in an instant you will feel alone & you question your entire reasoning for being here. This is the first time where you are out of your comfort zone in every aspect of your life all at once.
But you will learn. You will learn so much about yourself. You will start to grow into the person you have always wanted to be. Never lose that desire to learn and grow. Learn from people, environments, situations, topics, moments, concepts; but with all this change, don’t lose your true self. Be genuine and realize the importance of genuine relationships. When you meet someone that welcomes you in their space, don’t take it for granted and reciprocate.
Don’t expect to be perfect, and realize you don’t have to be. You will mess up because you’re human; but no regrets, just lessons. Find the joy of doing things alone. Life is all about choices. So when necessary, you can either choose to stay at home due to lack of company or you can do the things you enjoy while embracing the solitude. Always choose the latter. Choose to be happy, choose to be around good people, choose to cherish every moment, choose to laugh, choose to be optimistic, and choose strength.
The world is now at your fingertips, but never forget that with every dream requires action. “The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.” So when you see something you want; go get it. Through it all, God is with you. So, stay focused, hit the ground running, enjoy the process, and know that at the end of the day: everything will be alright. Welcome to your new home.