My mom has a story of when she was in college, trying to find out what she was going to do with her life. It’s the story of the purple monster.
When my mom was in college she started out majoring in fashion design before deciding to switch to costume design. On the first day of her very first costume design class, my mom walked into a small classroom in the basement of the HFAC. This is where she encountered the purple monster.
In the corner of this small classroom was a 12 foot tall chicken wire monster that was being created for a show. The bottom couple of feet were covered with long pieces of purple yarn. My mom and her classmates were told that their job that semester would be to finish tying yarn to the chicken wire monster. This seemed like a daunting, horribly boring task, so my mom walked out of that room when class ended, dropped the class and changed her major to fashion merchandising.
My mom has always slightly regretted this decision because she doesn’t know what would have happened if she had stuck with it. She has told me this story to remind me that everyone will have purple monsters that stand in the way of what they want to do. She has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and defeat the purple monsters that stand in my way rather than running from them.
~ Ashley Cook, Lodi, California