Can't believe it's been 3 years already! I reposted this from @scottiebeam 3 years ago. I was at a confused/somewhat depressing mental state. I finished up at Rutgers but struggled to find a job due to the consequences of my past run-ins with the law. I could barely, if at all, pay my bills on time. I would sometimes just sit in my room, shut off from the world, and cry because I knew that there was a better life in store for me; I just wasn't sure of the right way to get there. When i saw this post, it spoke directly to me. I could not be in this same spot come 1 year later. Within the next 6-7 weeks I took initiative and starting scoping out potential moves. The problem was that if I thought too much about the details, I'd somehow talk myself into another rut. So I decided to wing it because the worst thing that could happen was that i failed and had to come back to a place I already knew. So I threw away everything in my apt that couldn't fit into the car and made the hike to Houston. It was tough to know I wouldn't see friends & family as much but I needed to do what was best for me. Honestly, 3 years in, I can say it has been the best decision I've ever made. So I've posted this every year since so that I can help inspire & motivate others to take charge and make a change. Complacency does nothing more than short-change yourself. "Exposure creates ambition." I say that all of the time. You never know if "x" will work out until you try "x". Every year your goal should be to improve a part of your life. Take that leap of faith because looking up & being in the same spot 365 days later is infinitely more terrifying!