will work for food
For years I had my life set out for me and a guideline to follow. I remember telling my art teacher in high school that I found it strange that we go to preschool to prepare for kindergarden, to prepare for elementary school, to prepare for high school, to prepare for college or university, to prepare for our careers, where we anticipate our retirement and then plan the last years of our lives. He told me I couldn't look at life that way. In hindsight, he was right.
It is a big open world out there and I have to stop bowing my head in shame when people ask what I'm doing now. While it's hard to believe that I haven't been offered the perfect job with a high salary and a spot on Oprah yet, it's something I have to accept.
I am living at home, I haven't started working yet, I don't know how to drive and I still need to learn how to ride a bike. All of these things keep coming up in conversation and I struggle with where I stand.
But at the same time the past years of my life have been so well lived I need to focus on how far I've come and how far I can go. I finished four years in a competitive program, lived in Paris, had my first photography exhibit, helped start a fine dining business, loved a lot, ate well, and grew into the young woman I had always hoped to me.
I am happy, healthy, strong-minded and full of ideas. If it means waiting tables to make a bit of money to do what I really want to do, so be it. I know where I want to go and I'm prepared to take baby steps to get there.
And under the backdrop of the mountains, the ocean and this beautiful city I will continue to enjoy my true passions, spending time with those I love and cooking up a storm.
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