During life there are times when we find ourselves enjoying our current situation and everything seems great. We love our job, our position, every day feels great, and we know what is planned in our future. Eventually, we must face that future and it becomes a reality, however this is a part of everyone’s journey. Sometimes, this next step in our life is good, bad, exciting, scary, or even a mixture of all of these. How we face it is up to us, and I am making a step in my life that encompasses all these feelings and emotions.
For those of you who do not know me that well, I have been in Pittsburgh for the past 5 years. I did my undergraduate degree here at the University of Pittsburgh in Exercise Science and am wrapping up my Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I always knew that after school something would have to change, but it did not start to become a reality until just recently. As I began to search for jobs, I realized that depending on where I got offers from (if I got any that I wanted to pursue that was!) that I potentially would have to relocate. Ultimately, after many job applications, interviews, and job offers I landed a position as an Exercise Physiologist back home where I am originally from (Harrisburg, PA). This was very exciting! However, it also meant I had to leave my home (the city of Pittsburgh) which for the last 5 years helped me grow tremendously as an individual. Pittsburgh has truly changed my life and who I am, and to all my professors, friends, places of employment and anyone who I interacted with while I was in Pittsburgh, I cannot thank you all enough for such an amazing experience and will never forget any of it. Does it suck that I must leave? It does; however, I know this is the next best step for myself and it will help me become an even better version of myself than I already am. Who knows, one day I may even end up moving back to Pittsburgh.
Anyways, the point I am trying to get across is sometimes in life we must make that next step, whether it be a career change, a job change, or anything else. The way we embrace it and handle it is up to us. Being aware that this will happen and appreciating everything that lead up to that moment and being thankful will help realize that you truly enjoyed what you’ve done so far, and that moving on does not mean that you are losing everything. It just means that this next step is going to offer you a new opportunity to make memories and grow even more as an individual. So, next time you make that next step in life be proud of how far you’ve come, take some time to truly reflect and be grateful for all you’ve accomplished, and take that next step in your life with confidence and be excited to go out and become the best version of yourself.
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