I'm sure it rings true for many people that they are given advice, but never end up following it. This is a recurring event in my life and no matter how many times I regret not following the advice, I still never seem to smarten up. For today's post I thought I would share my career journey and everything with regards to it that's transpired this past year. It's been a tumultuous 12 months, and had I taken some of this advice sooner, it would have been a much easier ride.
A year ago at this time I was working in a corporate office job that I didn't like. Well, actually, hated. And I don't mean this in a millennial, first-world-problems kind of way where a job is a vessel to discover myself and not just a means to make money. I was happy to be there and paying off my accrued student debt, but I wasn't happy with the way the employees were being treated and the lack of any real "benefits" other than a paycheque every 2 weeks.
I started working at this company during a time in my life where I felt in limbo. I had recently graduated from university in English and classical civilizations - not the easiest field to find employment in. I had $20,000 of debt hanging over my head, I was in the middle of a flourishing, yet still new, romantic relationship, and I was discovering myself as an adult. I thought that getting an office job, tucked neatly away behind a lacklustre cubicle, were how things were supposed to go. It didn't take me long to realize that this was not how I wanted my life to pan out - slowly decaying in an ergonomically correct chair and being berated about why I my mouse hadn't been touched in 2 minutes. Work, work, work was the motto and if you weren't working the way they wanted you to work then, obviously, you weren't productive.
I took me until January 2017 when I decided to leave that job and take some time to pursue what I wanted that I realized I should have let my passion guide me from the beginning. It's cute to hear characters in movies say that you should follow your dreams, but that doesn't seem like a viable option in real life. I've talked about this so much on my blog, but I'm just so passionate about being passionate and not letting that passion go. If I had pursued what I really wanted to pursue much earlier in my 20's I would have found footing in the freelance writing world much earlier.
At the end of the day, it's about taking things as they come and accepting what is. I may have had to learn this lesson the hard way (as I learn most of my lessons because I'm stubborn), but at least I did. 2018 is already panning out to be another year of immense self-discovery and understanding what I'm really made of by being put in more uncomfortable situations.
What advice do you wish you took sooner?