College Life · Friendship · Life Written. · Post-Grad. · Red Bus. · Sic'Em Forever. · Sojourn.

Living boldly is the riskiest business.


Warning: you will not like me after this.

“Maelyn, you are a drama queen. I like what you write, so I’m sure this will be a great read.”

Firstly, I gladly own my expressively dramatic tendencies. Secondly, read before you disbelieve, because this is one tough pill to swallow.

But that hasn’t stopped me from sharing stories on my adoption, singleness or flaws before.

So let’s dive in.

Here’s a summary of my life lately:

  • Graduated early from Baylor University last month–sic’em forever.
  • Temporarily moved from Waco to Dallas/home for an awkward phase I call the “post-grad v. pre-internship purgatory.”
  • Starts internship at Show Hope/Red Bus Project, a Nashville nonprofit in less than 2 weeks.

I hated Waco at first, but it became home. The city is marked by a care for the community, which is seen and felt in palpable positivity evident in thriving local businesses. Also, Waco displayed some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.

Two months ago, I was in my comfort zone: the couch.

Watching Olivia Pope build and break the President’s heart, while simultaneously disregarding every moral principle according to the PRSA Code of Ethics {can you tell I majored in PR?}.

Chips and hummus sat to my left and fun friends were a seven minute drive away–at most, including “Waco traffic.”

Today, I’m at a Starbucks less than a 5 minute drive away from the place I called home for 17 years. And looking at the future, which is quite unknown after RBP.

I’m thrilled to have a completely new slate and endless opportunities.

The time is now.

The time is now for me to utilize the stigma of being young and naive. No one expects me to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, so I won’t be.

The time is now to dream big on how I will change the world, whether that’s solving world hunger or simply giving back to a handful of community members.

The time is now to move far away to Nashville, a place I’ve only been exposed to for 48 hours. To experience a life where I am truly on my own while connected to/supported by friends and family from familiar places.

The time is now to pursue passions I’ve put on hold like the orphan crisis, making and appreciating music and cultivating photography skills.

The time is now to fail miserably, learn lessons, make friends and fully live with peace and excitement around every corner, in each moment of my life.

Graduating or graduated friends: it’s your time too.

Don’t be afraid. You’ll probably fail. But for one fail, you may have three successes.

You’ll never know until you dive in. Headfirst. In a passionate, wreckless, daredevil, butterflies-in-your-stomach with eyes-on-the-prize way.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Go. For. It.

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