Friday, November 8, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 313

I don't think it's a surprise that I'm bored with life right now. For the three people who read this blog, I've probably talked to you about how I'm stuck in a rut, with school and work. I'm a fifth year senior and so effing tired with school, with being lectured at. I'll be the first to admit I don't have the best grades, but I also know a good GPA doesn't mean anything to me. Character, personality, loyalty and skills are weighted much higher. 

I can't wait to graduate, and to get a job and a new apartment. I can't wait to move away, hopefully out of Wisconsin. That is the only thing that is motivating me to get through this semester. This article inspires me.

- If you don't at least try, you'll always regret it.
Everyone knows what the regret of not having gone for something that we so desperately wanted feels like, even when it's a relatively small missed opportunity of daily life. Imagine what it would be like to live with the knowledge that not only do you -not do what you've always dreamed of with your day-to-day work, but that you didn't even try. Imagine being haunted by the knowledge that so much of what you consider impossible could easily have been yours. No one deserves to live with that kind of remorse.

- You deserve to be proud of what you do.
Is there anything worse than, when being asked by family, friends, or inquiring strangers what it is that you do for work, feeling actively embarrassed/upset by the question, and wishing that you could just strap on a jet pack and eject yourself from the situation, so as to not have to respond? Well, unemployment is probably worse - but it's likely preferable to some of the answers people are forced to give in those situations.

- The pursuit itself is fun.
Sure, going to the job you hate every day and coming home to pass out in front of Netflix with some Thai food is safe, but it's certainly not fun. It's not thrilling and challenging, the way the process of going after a job you really want is. Everything from the education, to the training, to the resume building, to the cover letters, to the searching for new listings, to the interviews - it all suddenly becomes this extremely exciting safari when it is potentially leading to a job you will love. Every minor professional kudos or opportunity that, in another job, might be quickly forgotten about, suddenly becomes the greatest thing that's ever happening to you. And even if you don't get exactly what you're looking for, a huge amount of skill is in the pure tenacity and confidence you develop from learning more about and going after what it is that you want.

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