People are strange. I’m even weirder.

I used to constantly question myself. I’d ask myself if this was ok to wear . . . . . .if this was okay to say . . . . . if this was acceptable to society. It wasn’t until recently that I finally woke up one day and thought to myself, “who gives a shit”. No one is really watching but ME.

Adjusting to college is hard and strange and totally out of your comfort zone. All my life I’ve begged for freedom and now that I have it I don’t even know how to use it. There is just this enormous space to fill everyday with a million and one choices. It’s crazy and it can feel pretty overwhelming.

When I was young, I had epilepsy. Fortunately, through a combination of meditation, sleep and support I recovered. I have been seizure free for years. Despite having moved past the diagnosis, the scars of my old fears seem to stay with me. I want to “let it go” but I am plagued by this curiosity of ‘maybe I would have been smarter if I never had those seizures’. Lately, I am beginning to see that life tosses you just what you need to edge up to in order to learn and grow. I am beginning to realize that intelligence only gets you so far. Strength is what will carry you through life. Hopefully, in my case, I have just enough of both to support my every move, open my heart and make a difference in this big, wide, beautiful world.

Cami Beauregard | Albion College

“Strength shows not only in the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald