How Do You View Yourself When You Fall?

How Do You View Yourself When You Fall?

Falling can be beautiful.

Growing up in Colorado I was surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, the snow-frosted pine trees and the endless blue skies.

I moved to Seattle a month or two ago and found that I had never fully experienced fall. I found myself standing in the middle of my new campus and home in awe of the beauty before me. I had never seen so many colors and so many leaves falling at one time. It was like it was raining but it was calm and colorful and resulted in piles of leaves rather than puddles of water. I stood there speechless and realized something: There is beauty in the fall and there is beauty in the fall. No- I didn't repeat myself. Let me explain.

Yes, the fall season is beautiful but what does this tell us? What does this tell about the nature of our lives? It tells us that falling is OK and it shows us that change is beautiful. It shows us that there is beauty in when we fall.

Within our lives, we view falling as a sign of weakness, pain, discomfort, or even as a result of stupidity. We become embarrassed; embarrassed of what people may think as well as embarrassed and disappointed in ourselves. We work hard to remain within the boundaries of our comfort zones in order to escape these feelings. "A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there."- Unknown

Nature encourages us. If we are in tune with our environment we can see that nature can teach us things about ourselves and the way in which we should aim to live our lives. In my case, standing beneath the trees with my boots buried in the depth of the leaves, I found that I was being shown that it's OK to fall. Falling is even something that can be recognized as beautiful. To me what is more beautiful than watching the leaves fall and silently rest themselves upon the ground?

Don't get me wrong; trees are beautiful before the fall season arrives. They are strong and fill out with leaves but all the leaves remain attached to the branches and therefore live their lives above our heads. If we look at this in comparison to our lives we can see that without change and without taking chances we remain attached to the branches and live in an isolated place away from genuine relationship. When we adventure, take chances, make goals and even make mistakes, we break away from our branches and fall; fall and meet others where they are at rather than distance ourselves. When we learn that life is about growth and relationship we see that falling puts us in a place of influence; a place where we can influence our own future as well as entangle our lives with connections and relationships. When we fall we not only realize the ways in which we can grow, but we also encourage others to do the same.

I encourage you to change your perspective on how you view yourself when you fall. You are not weak, underserving, dumb, or unintelligent. You are human. When you fall you know that you are taking chances and growing. Be proud of yourself when you fall because you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and tried something new.

"A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there." -Unknown

Fall is beautiful.

Falling is beautiful.

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Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

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Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.


I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

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Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

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Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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