Far From Normal

Jojo Guerrero - Ecuador

July 10, 2012

A year passes by in a blink of an eye. You go to sleep one night feeling and being a certain way, then you wake up and everything has changed. I know all too well what a year can do.  If you asked me a year ago, “What are you going to be doing next year?” I’d probably reply, “I’ll be in college.” That’s what was “normal” and what you’re “supposed to do”; to be honest, my life has been far from normal. It’s only right that my entrance into adulthood is also far from normal, right?

Whenever I bring up Global Citizen Year people always ask “why?” and to be honest I don’t know how to answer other than “It’s what’s right for me”. As senior year progressed, all any of my friends could talk about was college. During these conversations I often felt lost, part of me understanding that college was the next step but part of me also knowing that there was something else out there. Those who know me best know that I am a professional at leaving things for the very last minute. It stresses me out, but it tends to work in my advantage. With less than 24 hours to spare I typed up and sent out my Global Citizen Year application and much to my surprise I got accepted.

I am far from perfect; I have lived through more than most eighteen year olds ever will, and I’ve made more mistakes than I can even remember. All I know is that everything I’ve lived through, whether good or bad, has shaped me into the person I am today, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am not one to be upset when things go wrong because I strongly believe that sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together. I look forward to this year; I say bring on both the good and the bad because I am more than certain that I am prepared to take on whatever is coming my way.

Jojo Guerrero