Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fitting in

Sunrise view from Humpback Rock

One of the perks of being out of school is not worrying about or trying to fit in. I’ve always been friendly to and generally well liked by most school cliques I interacted with because I’m a relatively neutral personality, but I enjoy the adulthood freedom of electing to spend my free time however and with whomever I wish. It is from that independence that I, or anyone, can truly explore themselves as individuals.

This disinclination probably stems from my undergraduate experience at U.Va. Although my college experience shaped me more than any other time period in my young adult life, U.Va students face significant pressure to attain a certain social status; it’s part of that U.Va elitist culture, as horrible as that might sound. It feels good to be past that and take myself less seriously. Or maybe it’s because I’m growing up and becoming more comfortable in my own skin.

I am more myself now than I have ever been. I am thankful for both the positive and negative experiences in school, at work, and in my personal life and relationships – even if some of those moments were particularly trying – because I am the product of all of that. Although there is always room for improvement (of which I am aware and to which I am always open), I’m proud of the person I’ve become.

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