🪶 growth

What does it mean?

By definition it means; Development from a lower or simpler to a higher or more complex form; evolution. This can be applied to many things. Like oneself.

Leaving undergrad in the midst of the pandemic gave me a lot of time to think about how myself, and my habits mirrored the world around me. All while attempting to build a company. Habits I've had since I was young, but also the ones formed throughout high school and undergrad. The good and the bad.

I loved to read when I was young. I always looked forward to the time we were given in school to stop whatever it was we were doing, and read. Same goes for bed. It signified a time of relaxation with a sense of exploration that school never gave me. But along the way I stopped.

To this day I am not quite sure why. Maybe schoolwork started to take more time. Maybe I had to start making friends instead of reading. Maybe I was just a kid, and wanted to mirror those around me. Maybe it was the smartphone I got in 10th grade. Maybe it was a combination of these things.

It was not until after undergrad that I became aware of what I had lost. In many ways I was proud of myself and what I had accomplished. But in other ways I had forgotten the inner-child. That sense of wonder and curiosity. That joy for learning through reading and doing. If it was not for some time at home, I would not have rediscovered a joy for things, and understand how to protect that and nurture it.

I credit the following.

It is important to note that you will not have it all, all the time. Habits may regress, but you'll know it.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. - Victor Fankl

Show up, take it one day at a time, and choose your own responses.