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.