On May 8th of last year I had said goodbye to my family, friends and home town as I ventured off to Plymouth, Minnesota to begin rehearsals for the Medora musical. That day led into an unforgettable summer of performing in one of the most beautiful venues in the country! For 93 days in a row I spent my days working as a Barista, my nights kicking up my heels on stage and in-between I made life lasting memories and learned valuable life lessons.
When all was said and done, I packed up on closing night and drove off to Mankato to begin my first year of college! People had always said how incredible college was, but never in a million years did I realize how invaluable my college experience would be. Oh yes, I learned a lot of about hydrology, ethics, tap dancing and acting. However, the most valuable lessons were taught outside of the classroom. In my year at college I learned the value of true friendships and the importance of recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships. I learned the important skill of stretching out that last $20 in your bank account, the importance of prioritizing and learning that it is ok to occasionally put yourself first.
Not only did I take on the beginning of my career and my first year of college, but I have also had the most memorable year with the MAO thus far as Miss Grand Forks! From fun appearances at daddy daughter dances and nursing homes to discovering a platform that I am truly passionate about, has already made this year of service extremely successful.
Now I sit here at home, reflecting on who I was on this day last year to who I am now and I can hardly believe I am the same person. This past year has made me a much stronger individual, solidified my values, belief and morals and inspired my passion and love for community service. And as I reflect on the past It only makes me that much more excited for the future. Every day I wake up excited for my next adventure and all that I will learn along the way!
There was once a time when I thought the future would never come, that I was forever stuck inside my own darkness where time stands still. And yet, here I am! When I put together the pieces of the puzzle who make me who I am, some pieces are dark and a little frayed at the edges. And then some are shiny and new and beautiful! But they are all a part of creating a much larger image. And the best part is that my puzzle isn't even finished yet!
So to those out there whose puzzle is looking a little raggedy or some of the pieces don't quite fit together, hold on. Yes, I know that is the most cliche advice in the world, but it is so true. HOLD ON! Because the sun will come up tomorrow, and the future will arrive and eventually everything will fall into place. So hold on, my friends, because life is just about to get good. Really good. =)
P.S. In further reflection, here are links to my blog posts about my experience in the Medora Musical on the medora blog!