It's time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through...
Today I said my final goodbyes at Western and now find myself in my old bedroom back home, surrounded by an apartment's worth of stuff squeezed into one room. One of the goals for me before I leave to go to Piedmont in two weeks is to do some Spring cleaning and get rid of some of this clutter and keep the items that I will actually use. It's time to let some things go.
It's strange being in my bedroom back home. Although I have been in this room many times over the past few years, it feels very different now that I have graduated with my master's program. In some aspects it is time to let go of childhood items and really open new opportunities which will let me grow and thrive in my new environment. For example, I have had a beautiful Lego castle in my room since I was a kid and I have always been proud of this accomplishment. It is four levels tall and has a workable drawbridge, sections that move so you could see different parts of the castle and also include many secret trap doors and booby traps that I built to further amplify the stories I included with this creation. Tonight I took the castle apart brick by brick and it really felt like the end of a legacy.
In many ways this castle is more symbolic that just a toy laying around in a room. When I was a kid, I really wanted to build this beautiful castle based on the instructions given in the box. After many failed attempts, the castle sat out in my room in shambles and never was completely built the way it was intended. After a few years, I realized the original design was not very stable, was not designed for the purpose I wanted to use it for. I tossed the instructions away and built a new version which far surpassed the limits of the original design. I was able to add so much more since I had gotten new sets to mix and match as well as new ideas to implement into the design. In comparison, by having this castle still in my room today, I am limited by my childhood and unable to reach my full potential as a man. The castle's design was based off of the experiences of a boy and now I have been able to surpass the world in my bedroom and reach the lives of many others around me due to my new experiences and ideas. Just like Iron Man in his most recent movie, I must think outside the box and remove any part of me that might hold me back or create limitations. I should never forget my past, but sometimes it is important to do a little spring cleaning with your memories to make space for new ideas and give you the change to really take off in life!
About the video: It was only a matter of time before I brought Frozen into the collection of YouTube videos. Although it is a very overplayed song with 225.5 million views, it is still one of my favorites. Like Elsa I am letting go of my past and the way others used to think of me in order to move on in life and be free to make new experiences!