It can start when you’re wrapping up high school or wrapping up college or when you land your first internship or job. You’ve suddenly entered this weirdly adult phase where the world is at your fingertips. No one is preventing you from walking down the street to grab a pint of ice cream, and no one is preventing you from buying plane tickets across the world.
I felt less freedom in choosing where to live when I went to school because my college decision was limited by finding a university where I would be supported financially by a lot of merit aid, but I knew I wanted to have access to a prominent city and I knew I wanted to leave the South. And I did it. It required drive and persistence, but I made the leap and haven’t looked back.
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about this freedom, and how the two big leaps I’ve made (Boston for college and going to India last summer) have led to my coolest life experiences thus far, and I’ve already started pondering my next moves. I have a six month co-op in the Spring, next semester, Fall 2016, and my first post-college move to experience wherever I want in the world. It feels like this freedom could stay for many years to come, but I don’t know if I’ll actually feel the freedom once I have a steady job out of college and am starting my career. I need to pounce on every opportunity that comes my way in the next year. Stay tuned, y’all!