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It seems like every time I turn around I’m writing another blog about change. Some may think that I am never content in the path that I am on, but that is not the case. The truth is that I am on a constant search for true happiness in all areas of my life, and I find nothing wrong with that.

At the end of my last semester as an undergraduate student, I vaguely remember saying that I hated school and that I didn’t plan on getting my masters. Those of you who are my closest friends knew that that was a lie. I don’t know if I will ever be able to not be in school. After working less than a month in the salon full time, I realized that I don’t know if I want to do hair for the rest of my life.

It’s actually funny how it all worked out. When I was at work I was thinking about the books I was reading at home, and when I was at home, I was reading the book. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my future did lie somewhere where the pages turn and the story continues, even after you put down the book with that sigh of contentment.

The next little section is a copy of one of the essays that I wrote for a scholarship application for graduate school at Arkansas Tech University. I think that it conveys why I can’t be content where I’m at and why I have no choice but continue on.

“Mary Kelley said, ‘There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.’ How could I not agree with this, when one book changed my life? When I was in the 6th grade, I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a book that was causing such a fuss because of the subject matter was the book that gave me an interest and a hope. Before I read it, I was your average kid: I liked television and video games and being inside. After I read it, it was as if a light had turned on. I had a newly acquired and insatiable urge to read, and I did. This never changed. When I went to acquire my undergraduate degree, I majored in English and minored in Creative Writing because I can’t see myself not surrounded by books.

Now that I have a little bit of perspective, I know that I want to be a librarian. One book changed my life, and I now know that even the most uninterested people can love to read because of one book. I want to introduce this aspect of my past into schools. When I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, it was as if a light had come on, and I want to help turn that light on for others. This is my passion, because if an individual doesn’t read, then that individual will life a life surrounded by closed doors. I want to help open those doors.”

This is passion. This is the heart of the matter for me. And as long as the wind keeps blowing me in this direction, this is the direction that my tree will blow in. Go where the wind directs you.

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