I’m alive! I’ve been taking full advantage of my evenings and weekends and consequently haven’t left much time for blogging. It turns out raising a puppy while trying to manage some form of a social life might be a little easier said than done (who knew?) But, I’m glad to be returning from my blogging hiatus to introduce a new series for this blog: Take it from a Twenty-Something.
When I started this blog one of the first posts I began drafting was a post summarizing all of the lessons I’ve learned thus far in my twenties. I kept editing it and adding/deleting things, waiting for the perfect time to post it, but then I realized that one post on the topic wouldn’t ever be enough. As a twenty-something, I am constantly changing and learning new things daily. So, I decided to break it down and post about one life lesson I’ve learned per week, in hopes that someone will stumble across this blog and enjoy hearing what I have to say.
In college, I couldn’t wait until my twenties. It was going to be my decade of opportunity: a “big girl” job, living on my own, a closet full of fabulous clothes, you get the picture. Truthfully, I expected my twenties would be simple and easy but I learned quickly that wasn’t the case. Big girl job? Not that easy to find one in this economy. Living on my own? Sounded like a great idea until I had to start coming up with rent money. And about that closet full of fabulous clothes…it goes hand in hand with something called credit card debt.
I ended up working full time at a job that had absolutely nothing to do with my college major and decided that this whole twenty-something era wasn’t all I had cracked it up to be. I’d become accustomed to college life and things generally came pretty easy to me. Sure, I was in an apartment style dorm, but I got a rent check every month as part of my student loan so the concept of saving money was still a bit foreign to me. Then I graduated and was thrust into the world of adulthood, a transition I talk about often on the blog because I’m still transitioning now.
After college, I just kept expecting things to happen with little effort on my part. I expected that photography jobs would eventually come my way, expected that I’d eventually get a raise at work, and expected that eventually my boyfriend John and I would figure out a way to take the distance out of our long distance relationship. Our relationship was what eventually made this lesson click for me. I was always looking into the future and expecting a solution to everything to just “happen,” but after many months of traveling to and from Florida to see John we ended up doing something about it. I quit my job with nothing lined up in Florida, packed my bags and moved 1,000 miles. Like most of you already know, I chalk this up to being the best decision I’ve ever made in my life so far.
After doing a lot of reflecting, I’ve realized that life really is what you make it. If you’re always saying no, or you’re always afraid to take risks and try something new, then you’re not reaching your full potential. So what if you try something new and fail? At least you gave it a shot. As twenty-somethings, we’re blessed with our youth. Now is the perfect time to try new things, experiment with our careers, discover new interests and hobbies, because we’re still so young and have all the time in the world to become grown-ups. While I’m still sorting out my own path in life and figuring out who I want to be, trying and possibly failing is a risk I’m willing to take.
How are you living life to the fullest?