Lessons from London

4:39:00 PM



When I was in 5th grade, I started telling everyone I was going to move to London. I saved up my allowance and blew $50 on two black and white Canvas prints of London and Paris. The idea was simple, I had to see what I was going to strive for. I was going to pack up all my bags, forget the memories I created and get the hell out of my town. I was going to book a one way ticket to anywhere but here.  So from 5th grade to college they hung up in my bedroom.

The problem was they weren't the dream anymore. I wanted to go to London, I wanted to see Paris, Greece was a dream. But once I entered my second year of college, I stopped wanting to run away from this place.

I should just say right now, I had a great childhood. I was the kid who despite being bullied in middle school was liked by people. In high school I had a large group of friends, no one ever gave me crap, and I got along with pretty much everyone. I excelled in school since I started, my teachers loved me, my parents taught me a work ethic. I was in honors everything, AP this and that, I enrolled in college my senior year, and I took college classes at a tech center as well. I had nothing to run away from. But I didn't want to be here.


There's this idea that if your ideas are bigger than the town you're in, you gotta get out. Some people know it as, if you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.
I thought I was in the wrong room.

My town when I was growing up is completely different then it is now. There's business now, art, culture, startups can exist here. Health is a massive growing industry and don't even start me with the food and drinks that have come out of here. Honestly, I could do a love letter to my town (maybe one day I will).

Now, back the the main point...

I thought I didn't belong here. Boys and girls, if I can ever teach you one thing, it will be this. You are bigger than the walls you're in. Honestly,you can exist in more than where your geographic location is.

My idea of success used to be so easy to measure. If I was anywhere but here, I was set. Today, my idea of success is flourishing other peoples success and well being. That's a lot harder to measure than the number of stamps in my passport. Maybe I'll be successful and I'll still be in London, or Madrid, or Zagreb. But, there's no reason to look to a geographic location and call that success.

I wanted to leave my town because I didn't fit in. But, I can still not fit in anywhere else in the world. My geographic location doesn't mean I'll be accepted by the people around me. I can't run away from my fear of standing out by actually running away.

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2 comments

  1. i love this! you belong anywhere!!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  2. What a well written post, I think we can all feel like that at the best of times but not a lot of us admit it x

    Beauty with charm

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