It's crazy, waking up one day and realizing that you have everything in front of you. That you've got a whole life–a whole world–waiting for you to explore. That you've got options for what to do and what to become. That you can truly shape the future.

I think I've always been a bit of a romantic, but I'm starting to see that perhaps I'm not too outlandish. Maybe you can live without limits. Maybe you can choose the life you want to have. Maybe dreams can come true.

And I'm not saying that this world is rose-tinted, or that magic exists, or even that we're going to get everything we want. I'm just saying that there are possibilities and chances, you just have to realize them and take that leap, even if you're afraid to. Even when you know that you may never come back again. Even when you know you're going to miss the life you're leaving behind.

But that's what growing up is about, isn't it? It's about finding who you are and who you want to be. It's about taking those steps to becoming that person. And along the way, you'll learn more about yourself than you've ever imagined–what you like and dislike, what right for you and what is so, so wrong. You'll figure out who you can live without and who you can't, who you'll never be able to. You'll see things that you've always known in a new light. You'll understand things you've always understood differently. You'll grow.

But maybe that's just the adrenaline talking. Because this new world–this new place, these new people–it's changing me. And I am so, so excited to see what's going to happen next.

random note for the day: I am a small fish in big pond. I am anonymous, but so is everyone else. And something about that is so, so beautiful.