Confronting my “anything”

Growing up, my grandmother always told me, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Throughout my life, I have heard that phrase repeated over and over again. I even began finishing the sentence for her. She passed away a few years ago, but to this day, I can still hear my grandmother’s voice saying those words I heard so many times. However, the interesting thing about her mantra is that as I’ve grown older, the meaning behind it has changed. As a little girl, the part I focused on was, “You can do anything…” Six-year-old me took that as, “You’re going to be famous!” I’m still waiting on that part to happen.

As a soon-to-be 22-year-old, I see the world with a lot of uncertainty. It’s like I’m standing on a road at the very top of a hill and I can see all the different twists, turns, ups, downs, potholes and detours that lie ahead. Now, as I prepare to embark on this new journey of attempting to be an adult, the part that gives the most encouragement, motivation and solace is the latter, “…you set your mind to.”

I consider myself to be independent and headstrong, both beneficial traits in my eyes. However, I’m no stranger to asking questions. In fact, one of the things I love about Obsidian is that questions are encouraged. When I returned to the office after my fall semester, my desk was covered in sticky notes with welcome messages. One of them read, “Don’t forget, we’re here for anything.”

Now when I hear, “You can do anything you set your mind to,” I know that my “anything” might not always be easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. By seeking feedback, opinions and advice from peers, superiors and clients, you’re taking steps to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. As an intern, I thrive on feedback from my co-workers when it comes to completing daily tasks. I know they have experience and knowledge that I could benefit from. Luckily, at Obsidian, my co-workers are quick and eager to share advice and answer any question I may have.

My grandmother’s words, “You can do anything you set your mind to,” ring in the back of my mind as I begin this new adventure of adulthood. I know that with a lot of determination and a lot of help from those around me, my “anything” will soon be accomplished.