By Rosie Kopman
The night before I graduated college, stale make-up and tequila stained headache in tow, I wrote a letter that I never sent. I never sent that letter because I think I knew its contents and recipient were both going to change. I have at least ten different drafts of that letter stored in the notes on my phone, next to ‘boots to buy’ and ‘groceries I’ll probably wait two weeks to get,’ because that letter is still changing, just like my boots and just like my dinners.
The letter has always really been to myself. It changes again and again because with every decision I’ve made, a lot of change has followed, good and sometimes bad. The letter has been a place where sadness could coexist with a life after college that I thought was supposed to be happy in. It’s been a place where that sadness turned into hope and where that hope turned into more decisions and more change. It’s been a place of ‘me’ while trying to figure who ‘me’ is in this amazingly amazing and sometimes scary world.
The letter is a space of reminders. Reminders that decisions, even the bad ones, are both okay and not permanent. Reminders that even good decisions bring change, and it’s okay for that change to be scary. Those two things, change and decisions, are really what this new series is going to be about. The immense amount of change we have to endure, and the immense amount of decisions we have to learn to make for ourselves as young people, and how very scary that can be.
This series is not intended to be a solution to everything that change brings. I don’t believe there is a solution. I believe in learning, and I believe in community, and I believe that learning with a community is how all of us will grow. This series is intended to open a conversation about the fear and anxiety, and the excitement and energy, that decisions and change bring.
The goal for this is to bring the letter to our audience at The Power Thread. To create a place of ‘we,’ while trying to figure out who ‘we’ are, in this amazingly amazing and sometimes scary world, together. We’ll talk about friends and love and life, but in the scope what that looks like to those of us in our twenties, in the depths of decision and change, in the depths of finding ‘us.’