When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are, you ended up being someone completely different! Here is my story...
When I was six years old, my mom took me to a dance school. I remember walking into a dance classroom filled with girls wearing cute pink and white tutus. That was the day when I realized that I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Yes, I was 6 and I already knew what I wanted to do in the future. Silly me!
Dancing WAS my life at that time. For the next 10 years, my life revolved around dance. I was a part of a dance group, which consisted of amazing dancers, who were also my dear friends. We went on so many competitions, most of which we won. We were pretty good, and I loved it. When I was 12, I already had a plan to apply to one of the best professional dance universities in Ukraine after I graduated high school. My trajectory of my future seemed crystal clear, and I didn't even think about anything that could possibly change that.
Long story short, my parents decided that we would move to America when I was 14. This was such shocking news for me, because I did not want to leave my country, where I had friends and family. Of course, not to forget about my future plans.
Can you imagine being a teenager and going across the world to find a completely different culture and people? Let me tell you, it was crazy! It definitely took me a few years to find myself again, and get used to a new life. I am glad that I always had my parents by my side; otherwise I would not have been able to overcome the struggles that I had during the period of adjustment. Thank God, my mom took me to study at a higher level school, where I started learning English in the first grade! It would have been much worse if I could not speak the foreign language at all.
Now looking back at those years, and reminiscing about those times, I find myself laughing at the things that I experienced. For example, I remember my first day of high school. Oh my goodness, I was so confused because everyone had their own separate schedule, and such a system is not used in Ukraine. There, you have a class of at least 20 people going from one grade to the next together.
Thinking back to my teenage years, I never would have thought that I would receive two college degrees before going to grad school to become a doctor. I never would have thought that dance would still be a part of my life, but more as a hobby. I never would have thought that I would become a blogger, and that I would love this as much as dance - maybe even more. I am so grateful for everything that I was able to achieve while living here in America. I was given so many opportunities to succeed, and I am very happy that I took those opportunities and turned them into the most important points of my life.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. Even if you think that your life isn't perfect right now, it will get better. As long as you have faith, a desire to succeed in whatever you are doing, and you are prepared to work towards your dream, you will slowly but surely get there! :)
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I know it is a little more personal that what I usually blog about, but I figured why not share something that made me who I am today!
Have an amazing weekend! Don't forget to stop by the blog tomorrow! Here you will find post #6 out of the 7 daily posts I am doing this week. :)