6 People On The One Thing They Don’t Regret Giving Up

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It’s really easy to say, "Just don’t give up." But we all know that letting go or moving on is a part of life. It doesn’t make you less of a person or less worthy of love. We all just do what we can to get by. Ahead are five Cosmo girls who "gave up" on a dream to make way for something better.

"I’ve always loved food so I had dreams of going to culinary school. But coming from a family obsessed with technology, I went into that industry instead. I don't regret not becoming a chef. I love being a designer, and I can't really complain. I still love cooking and things related to food, but that's more of a hobby now." –Serena, 24

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"Dance is sort of my escape now. I wanted to pursue it full-time, but I grew up and started thinking about the struggles of being an adult. It’s hard to make it in that line of work—not impossible, but definitely hard. Now, it’s what I do when I need something to do outside of work and business. Dance helps me develop discipline, something I use even when I’m off the dance floor." –Nola, 28

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"I've gotten a lot of travel opportunities because of my job, but it required sacrificing a lot of my personal life as well. I've moved away from family/friends all alone and have not been any place longer than a year. Mentally, it's kept me from making any real connections anywhere, but when I really think about it, I've grown so much independence, and my career is off to an amazing start. It was very tough to decide to leave my home, but so far, I’ve had no regrets!" –Iris, 25


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"The one thing I dont regret giving up is my old job back home. I had a very comfortable work environment—I loved what I did, I was friends with all my co-workers, and I got to see my boyfriend every day because he worked there as well. But there was no professional growth in that position. If I had stayed, I know I'd still be doing what I was doing during my first year there. So when I got the opportunity, I left that job and moved farther away. The adjustment period was tough, and I hated everything and everyone. I cried myself to sleep, and there were many times when I wondered if I made the right decision. It’s been almost a year now, and while I can’t say that I love my new job, I know I’ve grown more in the last year than I did at my old job. I’ve learned to be proactive, independent, and persistent. And going through hell has been worth it." –Delilah, 27

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"I worked with children for about five to six years. When I was a teenager, I was a camp counselor and a baby sitter, and I was pretty great at it. I figured that the smart thing to do was explore teaching. I was on that path for a while, until I realized that I don’t actually enjoy being around kids. Not many people realize that being good at something doesn’t necessarily mean that you love what you’re doing. I could have stuck with it, and most people think I should have, but I was also afraid of waking up one day with too many regrets. So I closed that chapter in my life, and allowed myself to 'feel lost' for the first time since I was fifteen. And so far, it’s been fabulous." –Lulu, 26

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"When I was just starting to get acceptance letters from colleges, I got accepted into my top choice. The financial package was not enough for me to go unless I was willing to drown myself (and my family) in debt. I had to give up on my dream school to go to a school that was more affordable. At first, I severely regretted it, but as I became accustomed to my new school… I fell in love with it. I have friends and people I consider family that I met at my new school and after graduating in June, I got my dream job. I don't know if it could have ended the same if I had gone to my top choice, but I like to think I made the choice I was meant to make." –Ashley, 23

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