It’s What I Do – Writing Prompt II

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Lynsey Addario includes the story of her Nana’s missed chance in love as a way of introducing the concept of regret and how she plans to avoid it by following her passions.  Addario recounts her grandmother’s story of denying a possible love interest for a “better” and wealthier man.  This short story provides insight into how Addario feels about her passion for photography.  She doesn’t want to regret not following her passion in the same way that her grandmother regrets her neglected love interest.  Partially because of her grandmother’s experience, Addario embraces the idea of putting herself in harm’s way to follow her passion for photography.

Connecting back to my passion for pushing myself out of the known and trying new things, I also don’t want to live with regrets.  Just as Addario’s grandmother recounts, ignoring opportunities leads to regrets.  This directly corresponds to my passion of trying new things because that actually stems from a fear of missing out on opportunities.

When traveling throughout London and Ireland on a school trip this past spring, I found myself almost overwhelmed by all of the “new” that surrounded me there.  I was so bombarded by new people, accents, stores, places, foods and customs that I began to shut down.  I spent my entire first day in Ireland with my headphones in, ignoring the new happening all around me.  However, once I realized what was happening, I decided that that was a terrible way to go about living your life.  I let the fact that I missed my friends and family, the familiar aspects of my life, dictate my mood and therefore my actions.  Once I decided to open myself up to new experiences abroad, that mentality followed me back to America and ever since then I have become almost addicted to trying new things.

It’s What I Do – Prompt I

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Similar to Lindsey Addario’s passion for photography, I’m very passionate about trying new things.  Penn State is a huge campus full of almost 100,000 students, over 1,000 clubs and almost an infinite number of new experiences.  Staying trapped inside my own comfort zone would squash any opportunity for personal growth and probably also bore me to death if I kept it up for the full four years.

Coming from a town that is comprised of 2,220 people, I can’t help but to want to push my limits and make sure I’m making the most out of my Penn State experience.  I have always loved trying new things.  From meeting new people to joining new clubs to simply visiting new places on campus or downtown, I want to use this blog as an opportunity to try even more new things while I’m at Penn State.

Another idea I had for my passion blog was to review some of the popular places to eat in State College, but that could also fall into the theme of just trying new things so I think I’ll stick with my original plan.  As far as hobbies go, writing has always been a passion of mine.  Luckily enough, writing is already included in the act of maintaining a blog so really my blog will capture two passions at once.  Chronicling my endeavors into the unknown seems like a very fun way to spend my time and I can’t wait to start putting myself out there even more than I already have.

Addario even shares that her passion for photography makes her feel more alive.  I always feel alive when I try new things.  Pushing myself out of my own comfort zone forces me to grow as a person and has always really excited me.  Combining my passion for writing with my love for trying new things would be the perfect way for me to reach my version of happiness.