Growing up is realizing that you can always fix something about yourself.

Senior year of high school I learned this the most. I was in the marching band which is the seemingly least problematic part of the school- but that belief is very wrong. I distinctly remember my senior class getting along just for the hell of it, just to make things work, and once the season was over- so were we. I pride myself in being able to get along with most people, but some of those people didn’t get along with the people who meant the most to me. I found myself in the middle of too much unnecessary drama that I found it time to just make cuts into who I talked to. That was only the beginning.

To take initiative is to take one step closer to a goal. The summer going into my freshman year I confirmed within myself that I wanted to write; it’s what makes me happy, it always has. I contacted the editor of The Odyssey at my school’s branch and within one week I was making online magazine magic. Other than writing for GRRLPUNCH, I can’t think of a better career-driven decision I’ve made.

Taking a step back sometimes is more than necessary. They say, “If you love something, let it go. If it loves you, it shall return,” and whoever “they” is, is right. I realized that my boyfriend and I needed to mature separately from one another before we could return to the love that was an eternal flame. In nine months apart we grew to be better versions of ourselves, so that in the time we got back together we could be better as one. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and I believe that my distance from my heart was part of destiny’s path.

Whether it is learning something new or forgetting what you know, it is always possible to improve.