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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Hawaii chapter.

 This week I’m going to do something different. I was recently inspired by Disney Pixar’s movie “Soul” and thought I would write about it. If you have not seen this movie, find your best buddy (who has a Disney+ account) and watch it. You will not be disappointed. 

Now I won’t give away any details, but the main thing that I pulled away from this movie was this: your purpose in life is not to find your purpose, or your destiny. Your purpose in life is to live.

There is one character in this movie that gets excited over the small things, the way leaves fall to the ground, how pizza tastes, etc. Everytime I watch this movie it helps me remember that the small things in this life are big too. They all have life flowing through them. 

As a young 21 year old, life is pretty puzzling right now. I have had many bad times but I have also had many good times. As I stand in the midst of, what I would categorize as a bad time, I find worth in that saying, “Your purpose in life is to live.” Life is what you allow it to be. Life comes with the good and the bad. Life tears you down in order to build you up. 

The journey is more important than the destination. The destination is one second, the journey is a lifetime. Bad times are a good thing. They show you what you do not want and like. That seems pretty important if you want to live happy, only allowing certain things to come into your life and affect it. 

I finally felt worthy of living my best life. I feel unapologetic now. 

A perspective change always ceases to amaze me. It can be the smallest change that has the largest impact. 

I think that it is amazing that we have the ability to feel the warmth from a fire. To feel the cold from the snow. The sun on our face, the sand beneath our toes. The smell of rain, Costco pizza, and even dog sh*t. I think that it is amazing that we can love from the depths of our souls, and feel the deepest of sadness. I think it is all pretty darn amazing that we get to experience it all. 

Today I realized that I am going to allow myself to flow through this life. To accept the things I cannot change, and to change the things I can. To be sad if I need to, and to be happy all of the time if I wish to. 

If you were to die tomorrow, would you be satisfied with the life you lived?

If your answer is no, there is still tomorrow.

With love, Jaclyn

Hello my lovely ladies! My name is Jaclyn and I am currently a junior at the University of Hawai'i. I am working towards my Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource and Environmental Management with a specialization in Plant Ecology and Conservation! In my free time, I love to do anything outdoors including hiking, going to the beach, free diving, and photography. I enjoy doing yoga, reading, painting as well as looking at plants!
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