Last night I talked about how post graduation life is not as glamorous as some of us are led to believe, especially how much I was led to believe.
But tonight I want to discuss how there are endless possibilities. I know I am contradicting myself a bit but let me explain. In our society, we have this pressure to lead a certain kind of life, whether it is a lawyer, doctor, teacher, nurse, fireman, police man, EMT, groom (horse world job), horse trainer, personal body trainer, accountant, sales representative, or owning your own business, the list goes on. We have a pressure to find our careers right now, but we don’t realize that we don’t have to do everything in such a hurry.
In this day and age we have people living until they are 98 years old. Do you know how many different lives we can have during one lifetime? I’m no math genius or scientist, but I’d like to believe that we can have many different lives in our one shot on this magical world. For instance, my grandfather was a wonderful man. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, he graduated from MIT in 1949 receiving a degree in mechanical engineering, and then he climbed the ladder at Alogonquin Gas Transmission Company started as a summer construction worker and ended up retiring as the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive. But he didn’t stop there…he continued his life being an amazing caregiver. He took care of my grandmother, his children, and his grandchildren by being supportive with everyones’ life decisions. He actually is memorialized at a near by Bj’s because of the amount of shopping and food delivering her would do during the economic struggles. Needless to say, he was an extremely hard working individual and lived life to the fullest, and my point is that he did not just fall into he mold and live and die as one title, he lived about three to four different lives in his one lifetime and he didn’t do all of this in one breath. Everything he accomplished took time, loads of time and dedication and hard work. It is something to be admired for and it is something I admire so much. Sometimes, I don’t realize how wonderful of a man he was and that’s not right because there is so much I can learn from the people around me.
Yes, life is hard and some have it better than others and some have it worse than others. And I am aware that I have it better than others and I am thankful and appreciative for that. So, maybe I am a little biased in saying this, but life has so much to offer. Individuals tend to get wrapped up in the newest gadget, I’m guilty of that, and don’t see the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that life is a gift. There are endless possibilities out there (and some of them aren’t career related or money driven).
Life (easy or hard) isn’t going anywhere. Life is happening everyday and there is no slowing life down. We don’t have to do everything all the time. So don’t be afraid to take time to breath, to relax, and to work on yourself because no one can live a life if he or she isn’t living life his or her self.