I’ve always admired people who know exactly what they want to do with their lives from the time they are little. My best friend is like that. She’s wanted to be a vet since we were in elementary school, and now decades later, she’s going to vet school. I have no doubt that being a vet is what she was born to do.
I’m not like that at all. I’ve accomplished a lot in my short life so far – I’ve worked at a mining company, a non-profit, an aerospace company; done stints in Finance, Human Resources, Supplier Management, and now Project Management. I run, I dance, I swim and I travel anywhere I can. And, I love every minute of all of it. What’s stopping me from doing what I REALLY want, is that I don’t know what my passion work is.
Here’s what I do know: (1) I want to get married and have a family (2) I want to live relatively close to my parents (3) I want to have a successful and interesting career and most importantly (4) I want to be happy every day.
I’m sure number one will happen when I’m ready; I’m not yet, and I’m totally okay with that. But it’s part of the future I’ve dreamed of for myself – I value family more than anything, and I want to start my own one day.
As far as number two goes, that will happen someday too. I’m glad I had the experience of living far away as it made me appreciate them more. I think I may be more of an East Coast girl anyway. I miss the seasons since I’ve been in Seattle.
Rain is a small price to pay for having a successful and interesting career. The work I do is meaningful and intriguing, and I’m learning something new every day. And by the standards I set for myself, I feel successful.
But most importantly, I’m happy every day – sometimes because my boyfriend is being a goofball, or because a friend calls me, or because work is busy and interesting. Whether it’s five minutes, or every waking minute, there’s a smile on my face at least a few times a day. Maybe I’m not doing what I REALLY want, but I’m doing what I love right now. And although I’m not fearless, fear isn’t holding me back.