Leaving the Nest

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.
–¬†Carol Burnett

Well, today is it. Today is the day I walk across that stage, shake my principal’s hand, take my (fake) diploma (we pick the real ones up after the ceremony in the cafeteria), and leave forced education behind forever. Because, really, after this, nothing is forced upon us anymore. We have the choice to go to college or not, to get a job or not, to serve in the military or not. Some of us leave home, some don’t. Some can’t. None of these choices are necessarily bad ones, but they are ours to make.

But we never stop learning. We keep moving forward, whether it’s at a hundred miles an hour or ten. Or five. We keep moving forward and keep creating ourselves.

Continue reading


Leaving the Comfort Zone

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
– Brian Tracy

It’s not an easy thing to do. It doesn’t feel right at first, and it won’t be comfortable. But to move past yourself and your mistakes, it’s a necessary evil.

Continue reading

I’m a Book Person

Okay, I admit it. I’m one of those people who start a new book even when they’re in the middle of reading about 50 other books. One day I wondered where my favorite bookmark had gone, so I could use it to mark my spot in a fresh book. Then I turned to my bookshelf to see it sticking out of another book. Oops.

I always tell myself that I’ll get around to it, eventually, but eventually never happens.

Continue reading

Things I Won’t Sell at Garage Sales

Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.

– Tim Burton

This was a writing challenge from The Daily Post and the link to the original post will be right here.

We all have those little things that we like to hold on to, even if we’re not so sure why we do. Though I hoard many insignificant items, there are quite a few that I’ve emotionally bonded with, and would never give away.

Continue reading