I often hear people say that high school or college is the best time of your life. Well, for some that may be true. I guess it depends on the experience you have at those times of your life. My guess is that often describes the friendships you make, the carefree feeling most of us have during that time and just the general excitement and anticipation of going from a teenager to a young adult. But hopefully, these aren't the best times of your life.
For me, that's definitely not true. I struggled through high school and college. And beyond. We're all a little different. And it takes everyone a different amount of time to figure things out. I guess you could say it took me a little longer than the average person. However, I'm good with it. Because I know I've finally ended up where I'm supposed to be to find myself, continue growing and changing for the better and meet some incredible people who have already had quite a profound impact on my life in the short time I've known them.
A year ago (I know because it came up on timehop today), I posted an entry on taking a chance. That referred to completing my first year in my job at Fairfield. As I wind down my second year there, I continue to be even more grateful to so many for giving me the opportunity and encouragement to take the chance I did. Every day when I go to work, I know I am in the right place. I smile, have fun with my co-workers and really enjoy working with all the families and students I am lucky enough to get to know. It feels like a little family more than anything else. I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Finding my place in this world has also been amazing within my family. As some of you may know, I didn't always feel like I "fit in". However, I've finally figured out that I don't need to fit in. I need to be me. My nephew and nieces love me because of who I am. And when they look up at me, run up and give me a huge hug while screaming MIMI, ask me if I can spend the night because they want to have breakfast together and so much more than I can mention, I know I'm doing something right.
Having the ability to continue to find the better pieces of yourself is a gift not everyone receives. I definitely feel as though I am one of the lucky ones. If there's one piece of advice I could offer to anyone it would be this:
Never settle for anything less than knowing you are where you are supposed to be. It may take awhile (It's taken me 35 years and some change) but, I promise, it's worth every minute you put into it.
As the title of my blog states, this is about more than weight loss. It's about new experiences, positive changes and so much more. It's about finding Amanda. And that's a gift I will never be able to repay to any one of the many people who have had, and continue to have, a place in this journey of mine.
AND IT IS SOOOOO WORTH IT