E.E. Cummings

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E.E. Cummings once said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

I think that’s kind of funny.  Funny because it sort of seems true.  So many people, especially in college, are so scared to grow up.  To face a day in which you may have an interview, or have to make a choice to accept a job offer, look for an apartment, or buy yourself groceries is scary!  Interviews were always a thing in the past, accepting a job offer means a 9-5 work schedule, looking for an apartment means bills, and buying yourself groceries means mom is not longer cooking.  You’re on your own.  Just thrown into the real world and taken away from the fake world of college where the week is spent in the library, the weekend is spent making poor decisions, and Monday mornings are spent making coffee and running to class.

It’s a fake world, trust me.

So yes, it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  It takes courage to be that college student that doesn’t make poor decisions on the weekend and begin realizing spending a Friday night in the library isn’t such a bad idea.  It takes courage to be that college student to have such motivation to study during the week that it actually becomes less boring and more interesting.  It takes courage to be excited to be on your own one day so money that is typically spent on beef jerky from the gas station down the street on a Saturday night is put into savings to one day be happy to have your own bills and pay for the things that you need, want, and love.

I think that courage, luckily, fell into my lap earlier than I expected.  I am still petrified of a lot of things; finding a job I love, finding an apartment that is in a safe area, and starting a family.  All of those things one day are going to become such a reality to me.  But I think I have the courage to start off on the right foot.

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