When I was younger, I often associated exploring the unknown as a chance to fail. I tended to put myself in situations that I was comfortable with because that meant that the likelihood of failure was minimal. This mentality protected me from failure but it also hindered me from growing and developing new skills as often as I could have been. I continued to take the safe way out until I had no other option but to be vulnerable and explore the unknown. When I was 16, I began to attend an outdoor academy in Carbondale, Colorado. It was the first time I had ever lived away from home, and honestly the first time I was forced to step out of my comfort zone. There was nowhere to hide and no way of blending in. I was forced to be vulnerable and embrace the discomfort. Vulnerability allowed me to find the success in my failures, and gain an understanding of how to adapt to new experiences and people.
Some of the things I was able to explore included kayaking, glassblowing, poetry, public speaking and several other skills. Several times I failed, but those are the times I learned most. After attending this school, I learned to embrace vulnerability and it is now something I embrace experiencing. The ability to accept that you may not be an expert or that you’re going to experience discomfort has helped me in several aspects of my life. It has taught me to embrace the struggle. At times when life is not going as planned, you’re guaranteed to learn at least one thing from what happened. Vulnerability has also helped me accept help from others and be willing to admit when I need assistance and that’s not a sign of weakness. I now find the most rewarding events in my life are ones that are new to me the majority of the time. After graduating high school, I learned that I aspire to live a life that forces me to be vulnerable and take risks. I strive to learn new things and surround myself with people and scenery that inspires me.
Beginning as an intern at TWIO has been something entirely new to me. From my two months here, I have been exposed to things completely foreign to me. I have learned more than I ever anticipated. Working at a digital marketing firm has so many moving parts, and by helping out in the different areas I have already felt my fair share of vulnerability. However, I feel that I am continuously learning and growing every day. It is a great opportunity to be working in a field of experts that are willing to teach, and I am excited to be here.