So Aryn, Who are you?

Who Am I?

That is a question. I can honestly say I am still trying to that figure out. What I can tell you is that I am a 22 year old mid-western girl with dreams of making it to the coast and making a name for myself. Born and raised in Kansas City, I was a girl of many sports like.

  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Basketball
  • Marching Band *Yes, marching is a sport*
  • I graduated from Lees Summit West High School, and continued my education to Longview Community College. Only doing a year in school I decided to take a different path and pursue the big world and began working at Sprint at the age of 19. At this time I am really not worries about life but it definitely caught up with me when I caught Shingles. Funny story about that by the way, I caught them because I got my teeth pulled and went back to work like 2 days later. Oh it was so horrible !!!! Having the stress of work on my back and my personal life at that time, I just did not see and end to my misery and by the way, I should have never done that.

    Anyway, I worked there for 2 years and was finally let go after a small controversy with my manager. I do not know what it was about corporate America but it really impacted my life in a way that I will never be able to come back from. Dramatic as it sounds, I can honestly say Corporate America is a place where you truly have to have a strong backbone in order to deal with the obstacles that you may have to face.

    After that strenuous 2 years of a very fast-paced, very new experience, I decided to dabble in another occupation. The US Navy. At this time I am 21 years old and I have much tougher skin than before. I walked through life as if everyone was out to get me, only because, I didn't quite know who I was at the time and I always felt like I had to defend myself from everything. I was undeniably in a place when I did not recognize the person who looked back at me in the mirror. As time went on as did I.

    October 14 2014, my life changed and I officially pulled myself together and really put my heart into joining the military. For months I worked out and conditioned my body to get ready for the adventures that awaited me! In all I lost about 20 lbs in the course of 2 1/2 months. At thsi time my confidence is through the roof. I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I took the ASVAB and passed it on my first try. The look on my face when my recruiter told me I passed was, what he would have told you, "the most memorable moment of my life". I danced, and smiled like I had just won a prize. Yall I was so HAPPY!!!

    December 2 2014, was the day of the last exam, the medical exam. I was very nerves about this because I did not want them to find anything wrong with my body. I prayed and prayed the entire 8 hours of the exam. LITERALLY 8 hours of being in a place where you get your eyes checked, and your hearing check, along with a duck walking test. HAHAHAH!! Yes, they tested us to make sure we could duck walk. As the day came to a close I received, probably the second best thing a person in my situation could hear. "Aryn Johnson, you are going to be sworn into the United States Navy today. You will ship out April 1, 2015. Congratulations!"

    To happy to even get excited, I called my parents and told them the great news. Waiting for about 2 hours it was finally time. That day I went into that building a citizen and came out a newbie solider for the Navy. It took me a little while to grasp what I had just done. I was in the Navy, in the process of training to become an engineer on ships. How many people do you know can say that? I was going to be an engineer at 21 years old. At that time nothing could stand in my way. But then, on December 17, 2014, I had received the worst news. My Sargent took me into a room and had to express to me that I was not going to be in the military due to medical issues. Trying to keep my composure in front of about 8 Navy soilders I burst into tears.

    For weeks I could not tell my parents this news. They were calling everyone, and everyone was calling me giving me all of their congratulations and best wishes. All in all in the back of my mind I just know how disappointed everyone will be once they knew my secret. So I started looking for jobs. As I'm going through I started crying again, thinking this was the end of my life. How the hell am I about to go through life now? What the hell is life now?

    Thankfully January 11, 2015 I started a new job at Hendrick Cadillac. I was back in the game making money. Doing what I knew how to do best, I worked my ass off at the dealership. Wanting to make great first impressions and lift myself up, I kept a strong head everyday. I met some great people and had great laughs. But like I said before in order to work for Corporate America, you have to have some tough skin. Also, you have to know who to talk to at the proper time to talk to them. With all of my ups and downs I am and forever will be a girl that observes and listen first, then I will speak. At Hendrick Cadillac I heard and dealt with things that I just could not stand to deal with or do any more. I honestly did not care about the money. The entire day I would sit there at my desk and say to myself "I would give anything to be in school right now."

    August 12 2015, "Aryn, you have been accepted to Graceland University. Congratulations!" WHAT?! I have been accepted where? A college? Are you sure? Me, Aryn Johnson, going back to school. Somebody pinch me now cause I am seriously dreaming!! Sure and true enough my mom called me and told me that she worked a miracle and gave me another chance at a college education. Just floored by this information, I could do nothing but hug my mom. She really work hard not only for herself but she worked hard for me and handed me my golden ticket back to school. I thank her everyday for this. To finally put a slight hold on life and pick up the pieces that I dropped to continue school is nothing short of AMAZING! I am so grateful to be here, words cannot express. I love every minute I'm here at Graceland. I can't lie. Yes, the school work is a bit challenging but it beats taking commands from a boss any day.

    Please take it from me. Opportunities are endless. Really you just have to be brave enough to find them and courageous enough to pursue them. One thing, I am sure about is through all of my ups and downs, I know I will be successful. I mean, God doesn't put you through anything you can't handle right? He's just giving me everything I need now for me to learn and grow from for later.


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