“What good is livin’ a life you’ve been given if all you do is stand in one place?”

Growing up in a small town in southern Indiana, I always thought I would attend a college a few hours away and then return back to my hometown and build a life here. I mean, it is what most people did so I figured I would do the same. However, now that I am out of high school and will be getting my bachelor’s degree next year I have realized that probably won’t be the case for me.

I have very big dreams and goals for myself that I don’t think I can achieve in my small hometown of 9,000 people. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love where I am from and am so thankful I got to grow up here. But just in the past couple of months I have realized, it is okay for me to leave in order to be successful. I am allowed to take what I have learned from my wonderful community and apply it elsewhere to pursue my dreams.

Now, I am not writing this to convince you to move away from where you are from. I get it, some of us are just content with where we are from. But let me at least advise one thing if you plan on staying in your home town: travel and adventure. Travel across the ocean, across the country, or even just to the next city over. Don’t sit in one place and never go anywhere. There is a whole world out there, even if it is only ten minutes from your house! If you look, you might be surprised at what you find.

Now with me being a broke college student, I definitely do not have the funds to be going across the country or anything (I have actually never been out the country). I do, however, always go somewhere any time I get the chance. Whether it be to the beach, mountains, or just to the coffee shop I like to visit only 45 minutes away from my hometown (you will hear all about this place in a separate post), I am always on the go.

I guess what I am trying to say is go. Go with your friends to the movies. Go with your crush to get ice cream. Go with your family on vacation. Go to the big city of your dreams and get your dream job. Whether it just be on a short day trip, or packing up and leaving everything behind, go. Because you never know what may happen if you don’t.

2 thoughts on ““What good is livin’ a life you’ve been given if all you do is stand in one place?”

  1. You are so right. If you don’t leave and explore life the choice will be taken away. You’ll marry, have at least one baby and won’t be able to leave if you wanted to. Then you convince yourself you are happy for the next 20 years. I have 2 sisters that never left. One stayed really close to home. Now she’s been married for 40 years and she and her husband rarely talk. What keeps them together? Neither wants to give up the house. A thing. Property is not a replacement for happiness. My sister sold cars for 36 years and never learned where her talents are or what made her happy. My older sister married a controlling man who runs her life. Neither one talks to me. I’m a threat. I left. I lived. I’m still living. Maybe they are jealous because – I don’t care what anyone else thinks about what I do. Their opinion doesn’t matter – if I’m happy, I grow as a person and if I’m not hurting others. I think you will understand that.

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