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Sweet Job Or A Beautiful Nightmare?

Sweet Job Or A Beautiful Nightmare?

Let’s play pretend that we’ve been searching, hoping, and praying for months for just one employer to give us a chance. Of course we know what skills we have and we know the type of job we need to build those skills. Now fast forward through months of job searching, rewriting cover letters, interviewing, and of course the standard “we like you, but not enough” email. We’ve finally gotten a job. Not only are we thankful that we can finally start paying back those student loans (because that’s how we all like to spend our money), but we’re now getting experience in whatever field we’re inserted into our imagination. After being there a little over a year, a series of questions go through our minds. Why haven’t we been promoted yet? Is this really where we see ourselves in ten years? Did we make a mistake? How can we grow more from here?

Pause. This is the job that we wanted, dreamt about, and maybe in some cases cried over. But is it possible that after a year of having to deal with that one co-worker who gets on our last nerve, or having to fake smile when the boss calls our name, that we’ve had enough? Or maybe it’s the fact that we’re young and have an entire lifetime ahead of us to grow and we’re not sure that staying at this job will do it for us? What is the reason we’re at this place in this moment of our life?

Let’s go back to imagining. At this point, we’re sitting in front of two windows as we daydream about what our life will be like in one, five or ten years. In the first window, we’re discussing with our boss that one idea we’ve been sitting on for a while now and can see how it leads us to unexpected business opportunities. In the second window, we’re in a completely different area of work, possibly even in a different country (foreign love story anyone?). When both scenes show completely different futures, how do we know what to choose? The answer is simple.

No matter what we choose in the end, everything happens for a reason. Whether staying in the same workplace or choosing to follow a completely different career path, eventually, we’ll find our way. To be quite honest, we don’t know how one decision may affect our lives ten years from now. Therefore, all we can do is stay true to who we are and do the thing that makes us happy. No matter what area of life, be it career, love, family, or even something as simple as taking up a new hobby collecting coins. At the end of the day, if we lived our lives to the fullest, didn’t give up, and challenged ourselves without any regrets, we’ll be where we’re supposed to be.

-B Ohno

 

Let’s play pretend that we’ve been searching, hoping, and praying for months for just one employer to give us a chance. Of course we know what skills we have and we know the type of job we need to build those skills. Now fast forward through months of job searching, rewriting cover letters, interviewing, and of course the standard “we like you, but not enough” email. We’ve finally gotten a job. Not only are we thankful that we can finally start paying back those student loans (because that’s how we all like to spend our money), but we’re now getting experience in whatever field we’re inserted into our imagination. After being there a little over a year, a series of questions go through our minds. Why haven’t we been promoted yet? Is this really where we see ourselves in ten years? Did we make a mistake? How can we grow more from here?

Pause. This is the job that we wanted, dreamt about, and maybe in some cases cried over. But is it possible that after a year of having to deal with that one co-worker who gets on our last nerve, or having to fake smile when the boss calls our name, that we’ve had enough? Or maybe it’s the fact that we’re young and have an entire lifetime ahead of us to grow and we’re not sure that staying at this job will do it for us? What is the reason we’re at this place in this moment of our life?

Let’s go back to imagining. At this point, we’re sitting in front of two windows as we daydream about what our life will be like in one, five or ten years. In the first window, we’re discussing with our boss that one idea we’ve been sitting on for a while now and can see how it leads us to unexpected business opportunities. In the second window, we’re in a completely different area of work, possibly even in a different country (foreign love story anyone?). When both scenes show completely different futures, how do we know what to choose? The answer is simple.

No matter what we choose in the end, everything happens for a reason. Whether staying in the same workplace or choosing to follow a completely different career path, eventually, we’ll find our way. To be quite honest, we don’t know how one decision may affect our lives ten years from now. Therefore, all we can do is stay true to who we are and do the thing that makes us happy. No matter what area of life, be it career, love, family, or even something as simple as taking up a new hobby collecting coins. At the end of the day, if we lived our lives to the fullest, didn’t give up, and challenged ourselves without any regrets, we’ll be where we’re supposed to be.

New Year Same Me But Better

New Year Same Me But Better