“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Kierkegaard
Everything we do leads to what comes next in our life, and at the time, it may seem like nothing is making sense. Sometimes, it even feels like things are completely falling apart. The thing is that sometimes things fall apart so they can come together correctly. And, when that moment strikes when you can sense the harmony, you can look back and understand how you’re where you’re meant to be. Each little kink in the chain provides equivalent value and support to hold it all together, no matter where it is positioned.
If you’re unhappy with any aspect of your life, the good news is that you have the power to change it. If it truly is out of your control, you can always control your attitude and how you approach the situation. On one hand everything can be made into a grueling challenge and, on the other, the same hardship can be a lesson to grow from- an opportunity to create a solution.
I’ve been through ups and downs in my “career” path, which is natural as I am just over the two year mark of having graduated from college. I’ve had jobs that people would probably kill for, working with companies that have comfortably resided on the Fortune 50 list for decades. But, I never felt settled. The jobs didn’t align well with what I valued or where I saw myself going in my life. I took chances, and I left them. Not because I’m an impatient millennial who ONLY wants happiness and comfort (although I wouldn’t complain), but because I know when something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. For each experience, I am so grateful to those whom I met along the way. I can see how I’ve genuinely learned something from each person and position.
Finally (the impatience of two years is shining through), I find myself in a position where I truly see potential for growth, expansion, and success. New things always provide jolts of energy, but this feels both exciting because of its newness and, more importantly, because I want to grow along this trajectory.
Although taking the jump and leaving comfortable, well-paying jobs in prominent companies with great co-workers was scary at the time, I know that I made the right decisions for myself. Ignoring outside rational voices, and even your own brain is really hard for the most part, but in the end, you ultimately know what you want. If you don’t go for it, no one will hand it to you. For if I had not followed my soul, I wouldn’t be where I am now, or where I may be a year from now, and five years from now, etc. Ultimately, one day as I’m looking back on my life (which I do every so often), I know I will see the picture in clear view and it will all make sense. Even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else, you know you can’t go wrong when you’re listening to yourself.