In honor of #throwbackthursday, and the fact that I just registered for my last semester of college AND applied for graduation (what?!), I wanted to take this opportunity to once again post a sappy, meaningful blog entry about my life. Warning: this post does not contain a recipe.
Today, I want to “throw back” to three years ago. I was relatively new to State – making new friends, freaking out about new classes (Chem 101, I still hate you), deciding on my first college halloween costume, and trying to figure out my life. Today, I’m pretty much doing the same thing (although I was on top of Halloween, and bought my costume like a month ago – overachiever? Yes.) It’s funny, though, because three years ago, I was a very different person. I mean, sure, my basic values and morals and whatnot are essentially the same. I still have a lot of the same friends. I still freak out about classes (but no more chemistry!!). But I can definitely tell that I have grown as a person, which is kind of cool.
Three years ago, I was dead set on being a forensic anthropologist and studying the human skeleton for a living. Honestly, I’m still kind of obsessed with bones and the skeleton (as one could tell from my extensive bone-themed apparel and decor), and I’m finally taking Human Osteology – the course that I absolutely could not wait to take as a freshman (Update: It’s as awesome as I thought it would be!). Now, although I ended up taking on a second major in Forensic Science, I no longer aspire to work in that field. Instead, I have decided to pursue a career in nutrition. If you had told me that three years ago, I never would have believed you. But life has a funny way of showing you where you’re meant to be, even if you’re too stubborn to realize it. It was a rough road – physically and mentally – but now, as I’m continuing to travel down the path that is my life, I’m able to appreciate both the good and bad experiences that have led me to where I am.
Yes, the health issues that I have gone through in the past few years have sucked. A lot. It’s hard to learn, after 20 years, that you can no longer eat certain things that you love (especially popcorn). On top of that, it’s hard to have a GI system that decides to stop working, causing you to lose a ton of weight, become malnourished, and lose yourself and your personality. On top of that, it’s hard to deal with serious health issues when you’re freaking out about school and what you want to do with your life. It was a rough past few years. Now, though, as I’m slowly but surely getting healthier and happier, I am able to take my experiences and use them to pursue a career that will help others. Sure, the last few years have not been fun, but because of what I’ve been through, I have finally found something that I am passionate about. I have been given so many incredible opportunities in this field – my job with University Dining, my internship and role as an Udi’s Ambassador, the various guest posts that I have been able to write, and the opportunity to help coordinate a part of the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention at Disney World this fall. I am so grateful for everything that has led me to this point, even if I didn’t always feel that way.
Things have a way of working out for the best if you stop trying to control every aspect of your life. I learned that the hard way, but I’m glad I learned it. College is going to be hard, but the proverbial “they” are right when they say that you might find things out about yourself that you never would have expected. This was not the original plan. This wasn’t even Plan B or Plan C. This is, though, a step in the right direction and I’m excited to keep walking towards whatever lies ahead. As Rascal Flatts so eloquently put it, “God bless the broken road that led me straight to you.”