It was the end of my last semester of my senior year in college. I had already secured a job at an Ad Agency in Chicago after I graduated. I worked pretty consistently my first three years in school, so the only classes that were left to take were my senior classes. I picked up another job, worked out frequently, and spent more time with friends than usual. I was so used to being busy all of the time, I had no idea what to do with all of this free time. (No time is free, that will be another blog post 😬)
What I chose to do with that time was nurture parts of myself that haven’t been nurtured in a while.
This was undoubtedly the most crucial step to the beginning of my journey because it gave me
a time to self-reflect on myself as a human, what I have learned, what I have gained from my experiences, and where I truly want to be. We have all most likely received advice telling us to “think about our lives 10 years from now” and to “create a vision for ourselves” but it’s hard to do that when you don’t know yourself or what you truly want, not what someone else wants for you.
Additionally, we live in a society that does not support or value our self-journey, and tells us that time is money and this is what we should always chase after.
If we always chase after the goals society wants us to embrace, when will we have time to chase after, know and embrace ourselves? Why is this not deemed important?
So, why do we go to school? To be successful? To learn? To grow as an individual? This is what I have always told myself, and still remains to be true, but the thing that has changed is how I perceive what these concepts look like.
SUCCESS to me does involve money, but not entirely. As much as I admire the modest lifestyle, I know it’s simply not for me. Ideally, I would like to say I can live on just the basics, but honestly, I don’t want that to be my reality. This is completely fine because this is who I am, and I’ve accepted that!! 😅
But seriously, there is nothing wrong with wanting money, just don’t let that want for money completely control you and all of your actions.
CHASE FREEDOM, NOT MONEY
LEARNING, for me (now at least), includes so much more than just the knowledge in the classroom or the knowledge someone says explicitly. As I communication and music major, it was easy for me to take what I learned in class and make it applicable to my everyday life. I learn theories in class, but I also learned to watch people and their patterns, how to cook (kinda 🙂 ), how to take care of a 4paws puppy, how to travel and meet people… the list could literally go on forever.
Most Importantly, I am learning how to improve self-love.
This is just my take on this, but I would LOVE to hear if you’ve started your personal journey? What have you learned? What has been a crucial part for you?
And if you haven’t started, what is holding you back?