I like to think I’ve accomplished quite a bit in my 20 years of life. I’ve traveled, volunteered, moved away from home and had many amazing experiences. Despite adults older than me telling me I should be incredibly proud of all that I have accomplished, I still felt quite inadequate with my life for a long time. I wasn’t in school, I wasn’t getting married, and I didn’t have my career all lined up like everyone else my age. I was told I was doing things that people dreamed about but we’re too scared to do; things that people assumed they couldn’t do or didn’t have time to do. I realized how fortunate and grateful to God I am to have been blessed with these opportunities. However, I also know that if I hadn’t done a lot of the things I did, I would never have done them. Sometimes you can’t think about it; you just have to jump. I jumped into volunteering abroad and jumped into moving to southern California. I jumped and didn’t think about the “what if’s” or thought “I can’t do this”. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when I thought to myself “Allie you’re crazy! What makes you think you can do this??” Or “I won’t make it out here I need to go home now” the thing is, everyone tells you the world is full of right and wrong choices, but no one can tell you which choice is which. No one talks about how scary that is. I’m going to tell you that it is terrifying. Overwhelming. But it is so so so necessary because living inside your comfort zone isn’t living. It’s when you step out of your comfort zone, you find out things about yourself that you’d never have known otherwise. My advice to all of my friends when they wonder about making a big decision is just do it. Dive in head first and you won’t regret it. No matter what, the adventure will be worth it.