Finding Contentment in the Journey

It's not always about the final destination.

I remember when I first started in journalism.

I was fifteen years old and nervous beyond belief. I recorded scratchy-voiced interviews on the pink flip phone I begged my parents for. My friends and I made the two-hour trek to Los Angeles each day to make it to each event, burning the midnight oil to finish our AP homework, plan the next club meeting, and study. It wasn’t uncommon to be the youngest person on the carpet – something that humbled me and sparked an unquenchable passion to empower the next generation of journalists.

Five years later, my journey has been anything but linear. I’ve taken a gap year off university, changed my major twice, and moved from Southern California to Houston, Texas. I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve taken detours on my journey. Yet, the one thing that has remained, in the midst of every trial and transition, is an unflinching desire to share stories, to use words as a powerful force for connecting communities.

My point is, that while I’m not where I want to be just yet, it doesn’t stop me from honoring my journey and having a profound gratitude for what’s in front of me. I’m twenty years old now, and I’m so thankful for the amount of growth that the last five years have brought me. I can’t wait to see what’s next in store, whether it’s tomorrow or ten years from now.

Flowers only blossom because of their ability to remain firmly rooted to the substance that sustains them. In a world that fights for recognition and achievements, the ability to look back at your journey with a content smile and a heartfelt optimism to make tomorrow better is what encourages continual growth. 

To the next fifteen-year-old girl whose words will change the world, this is for you.

Go get ’em.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.