The flaws of focusing on one thing

Throughout my whole life, people have told me to choose one thing and focus on it. Whether that’s choosing one extracurricular activity, a major in college, and a career path, I’ve always abided by this rule but have internally struggled with the concept. Why do I have to pigeon hole myself into “one thing” when I’m interested in so many different things? It felt restrictive as if I was closing the doors to possible opportunities. As an adult looking back, this whole system feels somewhat wrong. The more I think about it, this rule seems like it was made up by people of power to mold other people into something they can utilize to grow their businesses.

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San Miguel de Allende

The magical city of San Miguel de Allende. Colorful buildings, patina on the walls, cobblestone streets, and the rooftops are what made me fall in love with this place. The first night we got in, we walked straight to the heart of the city center where the iconic cathedral sits. Despite being late at night, Mariachi bands were playing in the square and we hopped into a traditional restaurant. Little did we know that this meal would put me on an obsessive journey to search for the best pozole I could get my hands on for the remainder of our trip.

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Ruidosa, Texas

The desert was calling me and so we went. A spontaneous trip out to nowhereland dangerously near the border of Mexico. We found a property 2 hours SW of Marfa, which ended up being the house of my dreams. On 200 acres of land, a small trailer home with a perfect porch sits smack dab in the middle, surrounded by the mountains of the Chihuahuan desert. With not a soul in sight for miles all around, you can really get lost in the sheer beauty of nature and your own wandering thoughts. Our puppies came with us for a long weekend getaway, and all we brought were stacks of books, oil paints, and all 4 of my cameras.

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The introvert's dilemma

It’s taken me years to make peace with the fact that I’m in fact, an introvert. As a child, I thought being soft spoken was uncool… all of the popular kids were loud and charismatic, and I wanted to be more like them. But as someone who despises parties and meaningless small talk, I’ve come to the realization that it’s not something I can fix but a personality trait that’s deeply engrained in me.

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Japan

4 years into being together and I finally got to show Anthony the country I grew up in. We visited both of my grandparents, went ramen shop hopping, watched the cherry blossoms bloom and fall, and hiked through the Kiso Valley between two historic postal towns where all of the shops close their doors by 4 PM.

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