On Saturday I was crying my eyes out at my sister's graduation. I have never been so proud in my life. Not just because she graduated with amazing grades but because she is so brave to leap into the unknown to pursue her dreams rather than choose one of the easier, safer options offered to her. Last weekend was full of laughter and tears, hellos and goodbyes.
I remember being very lost and confused on my own graduation day. I wasn't sure where I was going or what my next move was going to be. I decided to take the "safe" path and I applied to University in my home town to study economics. I can't say I've regretted that choice but if was given the chance to go back in time and choose again, I would probably go a different way.
In a way I am sad that it took me so long to muster up the courage to take the first steps towards my dreams, but maybe I needed these three years in University to clarify my thoughts. For some reason when I was younger I felt like my dreams were too stupid and unrealistic to say out loud just because they were a little unusual. At first I was too scared to even admit them to myself let alone talk to someone else about them. Luckily now all that has changed and I've gained so much confidence and strength. I realized that I'm not going to achieve anything before I believe in myself and my own success. Even though having faith and trusting yourself in the moments when everything seems pointless and everyone (including yourself) is telling you to give up is very difficult, it is an essential part of the journey - like a test you have to pass in order to show the world that you are serious about what you are going after in life.