What would you tell yourself if you had the chance to go back 10 years? In 2008 I was just about to begin High School and already had my college plans figured out. I knew where I was going to go to school, what I was going to study, and where I was going to live. You could say I'm a planner...
But what I've learned since then is that life will offer you new paths. Some will lead to the same results and paths other will take you on unexpected journeys.
And you honestly don't know which path you took until you're nearing the end.
Me? I took a different path than I originally planned. I didn't move to Los Angeles, I moved to Portland. I didn't study Performing Arts because I never went to school.
And until recently I thought that I took a wrong turn to my destination. Did I give up on my dreams? Was it easier to move on to another career? Did I not try hard enough? For months I sat in a state of stress. Uninspired, unmotivated. There was a piece of myself missing, and I couldn't help but hold feelings of regret for not sticking to the original plan.
But after months of allowing myself to evaluate my journey and feel everything I needed to, I came up a realization that I didn't take the wrong path. I just took the scenic route.
Through gigantic calving glaciers and cold rainy summers in Alaska. Through the many trials and errors of being an entrepreneur. Through teary and emotions afternoons at our weddings. And all the wonderful people I met along the way.
So, if I could give my past self advice, it would be to stop judging my own personal journey. Because I will reach my destination when I reach my destination, and it's not going to look the same as everyone else's. You are still passionate about acting. Actually, you learned that you are allowed to have multiple passions, and boy do you! You still write every day. You are more creatively fulfilled that you could imagine. And the skills you picked up along the way will make you stronger, more creative, and more understanding of the world.