Highlights from my first employed months of life
I know people who had dreams and never achieved them. I know people who I’ve straight up asked, “What’s your passion in life?” and they sadly, didn’t have a response. Everybody knows somebody who isn’t burning with passion and motivated by big goals. Actually, I think a better way to think about it is to realize that the people with fervent goals and aspirations – they’re the rare ones. I went through college with people who were undeclared not just freshman year, but sophomore, junior, and senior year too. While everyone has a different path – and believe me I’m the first one to be like, “hey, let’s not have a plan!” – I was never remotely blase when it came to my career.
I always knew what I wanted to do. I always had the ability to write and put words together and I always had the love and interest in entertainment. As a kid, I would pour over magazines. I would even read my mom’s home decor magazines. I loved the little tidbits and facts. Statistics. The pictures. Everything. Movies, TV shows, music, celebs… all of it. And now, all of the dreams that I’ve been playing in my head like movies are actually happening in my real life as if the movie reel is unwinding before me.
Achieving your goals is so much better and sweeter when you’ve had a goal your entire life. No disrespect to anyone who is still figuring things out, but imagine knowing your career path since age 5. Now you’re 25 and you’re not stuck in a job you hate or that doesn’t pertain to your passion. No, you’re 25 and you’re doing the things you’ve always said you’d do. In middle school, I told people this is what I wanted to do. In high school, I didn’t stop talking about it. And in college, my roommate could literally answer the question, “what do you want to do when you grow up?” for me, word-for-word.
I’m not bragging or showing off or ungrateful. I’m just so happy. I’m so elated that I am in a job I love. After years of negative comments from adults about how “you never love your first job” or how much “the real world sucks,” I know I’m very grateful to not feel this way. I feel like I beat some awful statistic or something. (I wonder what the statistic is for people who don’t fulfill their dreams.) Anyway, these pictures are some highlights from my first two months at my job. Can you tell that I’m totally on Cloud 9, loving every minute?
For anyone who is still in college, tentative about what it is going to be like when you graduate college and are jobless, you can make it whatever you want it to be like. I wouldn’t stress over it, truthfully. Don’t feel like you need to limit yourself or give yourself a countdown. That will only intensify feelings of failure. But you haven’t failed. Not everyone gets a job straight out the graduation gates. You may be home a month or two or three, and that’s still not a long time at all. Enjoy whatever you’re doing at the moment, whether it’s starting your career or applying for employment every day on Media Bistro. Just enjoy where you are in life and remember that you can only go up. One last thing – don’t treat your dreams lightly. You are their curator and handler. You’re basically their publicist. You are the only one that can make things happen for them. So be steadfast and strong and brave and make those magnificent things happen!