Make the choice,
to take the chance,
to make the change.
I’m not sure what stage in life you may be in, you might be in a stage where you’re pretty permanent if you’re still in college or maybe even haven’t left for college yet. At some point in your life, or some point to come, you’re going to be bombarded with a lot of life decisions. What do you want to do with the rest of your life? Where do you want to settle? Or do you want to stay in the little town you’ve grown to call home over the last six years of college? You might have the urge to just get up and go. Something is tugging at your heart strings to just go and figure the rest out later. You may fear disappointing someone, or making a mistake, or you may fear missing out. You may even fear regretting not taking the chance… and that is the biggest regret you’ll ever have.
I am by all means, a planner. I don’t adjust to change well. I mean, change that isn’t certain… I don’t like things being up in the air and the unknown usually scares me. I’ve done a lot of soul searching over the last six or so months. I knew my adult world was coming, graduation was nearing and even though I may not be 150% on my own right this second; the rest of my life is up to me. It’s time to live for Mackensie. Does that make anyone else wig out or is that just me… some mornings I still forget to set my alarm and sometimes I eat the cake-n-a-mug for dinner because I haven’t grocery shopped in over a month…
Regardless, the decisions I’m making right now are going to effect the rest of my life. The older I’ve gotten and the more I sit back to look at the bigger picture. I don’t want to wake up one day and say, “what if”. “What would’ve happened if I had done what my heart wanted when I wanted? Where would my life be if…?”. Why should I live in fear of disappointing people, or live in fear of taking a jump into the unknown, when the only person I’ll end up disappointing in the end is myself? I shouldn’t. You shouldn’t either! When is a better time than NOW to run on what your heart wants and try something new? Stay where you went to school if you love it, move to a new place just because you want. It might be a mistake, it might not work out… but, what if it isn’t a mistake and what if it does? That is the question you need to start asking yourself. Positivity goes a lot further than negativity and worry. Our twenties are all about exploring and going after what our heart wants. Making big moves for ourselves, making the path for the rest of our life. If that doesn’t excite you more than scare you then maybe you need to sit back and look at the bigger picture like I’ve had to lately! I’ve realized a lot of the things that I thought mattered so much and that were so important over the last few years, won’t make any sort of difference in the long run. I know what I want out of life and I now know what my priorities are, the ones that matter and what/who I’d give anything for.
You’ve only got one life to live, make it YOUR life to live. Do what you want and always follow your heart. Everyone may not agree with you, things may get messy… but it’s life. It’s bound to get messy. What’s important is that you go after what you want, who you’ve got standing beside you through it all, and that Y O U are happy.
Maybe it’s not even big life decisions. Book that flight, YOU DESERVE IT! Figure the rest out later. Cut the toxic people from your life, you deserve a healthier social circle! Try that new thing you’ve been wanting to do for months, don’t be afraid anymore.
Don’t wait for when you think it’s the “right time”. If your heart is telling you to go… or to stay, whatever your situation may be, then do it. The only right time is on your time. It’s ok to jump. And if you’re gonna jump… jump full force and go 100% of the way.
Life is too short to wake up with regret. So, love the people that choose you and treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t. Chase the good, go after the one your heart wants, after the things your heart wants and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get the chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. No body said it would be easy, but I promise it will be worth it.
Take the risk or lose the chance.