About eight months ago, while I was still living in Evansville, I interviewed with SmallBox. And after a whirlwind three weeks, I moved to Indianapolis. I definitely felt lost. I didn’t know anyone, I was living in a city that I knew nothing about, both added to the fact that I was starting a job in a new industry.
Looking back at the past few months, though, I have to say I’m a little surprised at how the whole experience has changed me. I’ve done some things and grown in ways that I wouldn’t have thought possible just a few months ago. Some are small steps or may seem like no big deal, but they all equate to a version of myself that’s a little different from before.
Here are a few examples of what I mean:
- I volunteered for the Indy Film Fest
- For the first time in my life, I went to a movie by myself
- I learned to cook (and pretty well, if I do say so myself)
- When everyone else had to bail on the second day of The Combine, I drove back to Bloomington by myself to see some of the speakers
- I had dinner and a good conversation with a person who I had literally just met (no, for those of you wondering, this was not a blind date)
I used to think that doing something like going to a movie by myself came off as lonely. I guess that was the teenage version of me still lingering around. But coming away from that feeling of being lost, I guess I’ve learned to be more independent with a dash of adventurous. And even on top of that, I’ve come to realize that it’s both healthy and important to do things by myself – and put myself out of my comfort zone – every once in awhile. As I’ve learned these past few months, that’s how I continue to grow as a person.
This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox
Today’s prompt: “Share a time that you got lost this year. Did you learn anything?"