Yesterday marks one of the hardest and most strenuous days of my life. I learned to love and lose my soulmate. I learned the challenges that adulthood brings. I also learned that like all the wonderful stories, tales come to an end, we cry it out and then we grab another one.
As I walked through the gate of this new abyss that I will call home, the rain came pouring down, I was uncomfortable, and I was walking down this road alone. Those around me were all engaged in conversation, and walking together under umbrellas. I was one with my headphones and Drake. I thought to myself, I have struggled sufficiently to get to this moment and although I am walking down this path alone, this is now the second time I walk the road less traveled by most, and it felt completely comfortable for the first time in my life.
“be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
Finding myself has deemed a rather difficult task. But it has been a beautiful journey. I look back to who I used to be, and I think to myself just how far I have come. Granted, there is still a lot of work still left to be done, but for the first time last night I felt what it truly meant to be empowered. To have a world of opportunity at my reach, to have the unknown lurking and seemingly peering at me again from a near distant shadow, and the opportunity to undergo another metamorphic transformation.
I was told I was three qualities before this journey even begins. It was one of the things that resonated with me the most last night. I am smart (because I have chosen one of the best), I am good (because I have chosen the path of service) and I am courageous (because I am walking a road less traveled). Around this time last year, I walked a road less traveled alongside those I loved, and in the presence of those who have had the opportunity to see me grow. From there I strategically planted a garden, and yesterday I watered the seeds I planted a year ago.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
Cheers to new beginnings, and special congratulations to the Queens College Class of 2017 and my soon to be High School Graduates here at HSHM.