Long post; stick it out with me if you can…
Approaching hour 20 that I’ve been awake. Anyone that knows me, knows I need a least a nap a day to survive. (I wish I was kidding.) However, the last two weeks since school started, I haven’t napped once. I know, I know it seems silly…but in all honestly, the reason I haven’t is because every single hour of every day of my week is scheduled from 8am to 9pm.
Having a schedule like this isn’t something a lot of people actively choose to do in college, and for good reason. It’s really flipping hard. I made choices and said yes to a lot of different opportunities over the last year…becoming one of two event producers for Rokerthon, coaching gymnastics full time, accepting a position as the senior producer for Gaylord Hall Productions, deciding to graduate one year early, spending 2 months traveling the world, leading as a Gaylord Ambassador, TAing/mentoring a class, starting my first internship, and most recently covering the first informers in Houston after Hurricane Harvey for a week starting Sunday. I feel out of breath just writing all of those things. I feel like there will never be enough hours in the day for me to fit all of this in on top of my “regular” college classes. Naps are non-existent anymore. I’m absolutely exhausted already.
Still, I’ve found myself appreciating every single moment of the crazy. I’ve never felt more alive. I’m beyond grateful and continuously humbled by the generosity, encouragement and opportunity I’ve received. I’m quite literally constantly surrounded by the most hard-working and creative people I’ve ever met. I have people that consistently push me to be a better videographer, producer, sister, daughter, friend, but most importantly, person. I’m just so insanely humbled. I wish there were stronger words than just “thank you”.
Thank you to everyone who invested in me when I was younger, when my whole life was gymnastics and school. Thank you to those who walked with me through high school, guiding me literally in the direction of my dreams. Thank you my friends who have helped me realize that there are so many more important things than gymnastics, but that you don’t have to let go of your first love to experience those other things. Thank you to my teachers, professors & mentors who have somehow managed to go above and beyond; you all treat me like a professional, love me like family, help me learn when I make mistakes, encourage me when I succeed, and manage to make me love what I do more and more everyday. Thank you to the new people in my life that see my potential and help me make the most of it. And of course, thank you to the people who have been there from the very beginning, my parents, who never cease to support me – no matter what.
I don’t know what called me to pour out the thoughts I’ve been stewing over the last few days…I truly believe I’m the luckiest person on the planet. Yes, I do work my tail off, but it wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have people around me that make it worth it, and push me to do more. I’m so grateful for every single opportunity I’ve been offered and been fortunate to say yes to, and I pray that I will always have great things like these keeping me busy.