Prior to February 2011, I was on a path to attend medical school. I had graduated with a degree in biochemistry in December. I was on the Dean’s List for six consecutive semesters. I was volunteering at a local hospital, teaching an undergraduate biology lab, and putting in hours in a genetics research lab. When I graduated my busy life came to a screeching halt. I was forced to take a look at my life in a way I had not done in a very long time. I felt lonely. I felt empty. I felt angry. Coincidentally, I ran across the Holstee Manifesto shortly after my post-graduation meltdown. A post on Facebook grabbed my attention, and I decided to take a closer look. While reading it, I was in denial that it applied to me. This feeling was almost immediately followed by one of the most enlightening experiences of my life. I later set the Manifesto as my desktop background as a daily reminder, and there it has stayed for several months. I was inspired to take a look at my life and the path I had chosen to take thus far. What I found was that many decisions I had made were not intrinsic, but rather an effort to please those around me. It all became so clear. I had to stand up for ME. I had to stop being afraid and go after the life of my dreams. The truth is that I am creative, artistic, free spirited, and deeply philosophical. Since I was a kid I have loved writing, drawing, and making short movies with friends. These are my true passions. I had been told most of my life that these were not passions worth having. After making these discoveries I accepted my passion as not only acceptable, but a gift that should be shared with the world. I picked up a pencil for the first time in five years and started drawing. My ‘right brain’ was resuscitated and creative energy moved through me once again as it had many years before. I plan to attend art school to pursue my passion of conveying and evoking emotion in others through various media types. I know not where this next venture will take me, but I do know that if I diligently follow my passion and my intuition I will wind up finding my purpose. I can confidently say that I am on the road to making my dreams come true and ultimately living my best and happiest life. When there are rough days I just say to myself, “life is short” and everything falls into perspective. I thank the writers of the Manifesto for articulating it in such a way that so many of us now feel validated in our own personal truths.

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