When you’re 24 and already “behind” on the plan that you’ve set out for yourself, staying optimistic can be challenging.
You’re not “just” working, you’re being proactive and doing what you need to do for the universe to find the next adventure for you.
Early on we’re lulled into a sense of false security. The idea is presented that if you work hard, achieve well academically, and show determination, you will of course find yourself in a good job.
Willing to work for free to prove yourself is a great little distinction. But it’s worthless by itself.
Finding a job is like having a job. It’s a tedious, demanding process that can sometimes drive you up a wall.
We’re searching for something fulfilling but in the end we wind up taking something stable and consistent.
Grabbing your luggage and scooting off whenever sounds really cool. But trust me, that’s all it is: “sounding cool”.
“I got a job at one of the top consumer goods companies in the country, did it for five years, and then left to get my MFA in screenwriting when I realized I spent every free minute watching movies and reading about how they’re made. And I’m in school now and I’ve never been happier and who knows if it will work out… but I’ll find out either way eventually, and I’ll never have to wonder.”
It makes me feel a bit sick to my stomach sometimes. It makes me feel disappointed in myself and guilty. Guilty because I was lucky enough to get an education – a good education – but I’m not using it.
You need to really drench yourself into your dream before achieving it.