On Saturday I took a journey via bus, train, and Uber to see Senator Elizabeth Warren in Weymouth. This was Senator Warren’s 22nd town hall, addressing a variety of issues, from the proposed Weymouth compressor station to health care, education, and North Korea. The energy in the room was amazing, and I even made some new friends in the crowd.
Although I knew her story and have been a big supporter of her for years, it was amazing to hear her share it in person. She told the crowd how she came from a paycheck to paycheck family, received a college scholarship, dropped out of school, and got divorced- yet she persisted. She went on to finish school thanks to an affordable community college where she paid $50 a semester, graduated law school, and eventually became a professor at Harvard. For a girl who had out-of-reach dreams (or so she thought) of becoming a public school teacher, this is pretty amazing.
She made it clear that second- and even third and forth chances- are possible.
This made me stop and think about my own experiences. Politics aside, we can all learn from Elizabeth’s message. It’s easy to beat ourselves up over mistakes of the past, view our situation as hopeless, or think we’re not good enough, smart enough, or educated enough to reach great heights- but we must remember we can try again.
Our lives may not turn out the way we once envisioned- and that’s okay. Life isn’t meant to. Life is supposed to surprise, delight, and hurt- the good moments wouldn’t be as sweet if we didn’t experience the bad.
As I continue to walk along this road of life, it’s exciting to see why things fell apart as new pieces come together. Two years ago, I never would have thought I would live in Massachusetts. I thought New York was the only way; my only path. Had it not crumbled, I wouldn’t have the foundation I have now. Life is one big classroom, and whether you’re a high school student at Weymouth or a professor at Harvard, you’ll never stop learning.