BY GABRIEL GUZMAN
If you’re anything like me, then you’ve already graduated college, are in college, or are currently working towards a career—except you’re probably stuck in the same position that you were in while in high school or afterwards.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my part-time because of the financial stability it currently provides me, but it can get exhausting, and sometimes I work myself to death (insert exaggeration), and it only gets worse because I come home and mope about how tired I am of working so hard towards something that’s not my ultimate career goal.
For example, last week was a terrible work day. Not to dwell in the past, but I stayed over two hours more than normal to help my co-workers, and because I was given an incredibly tedious task, but I don’t like to complain (can you tell?).
ALL THIS TO SAY—sometimes we need to just take a deep breath and realize that this is not the end game, this is not the goal, this is just the beginning.
“started from the bottom”-Drake
Most people, plant their seeds and watch their ideas bloom to fruitarian. It’s not healthy to just have things handed to you. Sometimes It takes feeling defeated (all though you never truly are) to appreciate your worth. Oprah, Jay-Z, Sophia Amoruso, and Barack Obama all came from humble beginnings, and if you ask me, I bet none of them could have imagined the life they would have today. Plus, who doesn’t love a good success story? P.S. if you haven’t seen the movie Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence, you’re in for a motivational-tear jerker.
“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” -Mark Twain
It could be so much worse. You could be 30 years older, and be at the same position you are now, but you’re young, it’s not too late to start over. If you just graduated, you have a degree! Don’t let your current position blind you from the road ahead; it’s bright, even on a rainy, humid day when the defrost isn’t working. If you’ve always wanted to go to school but didn’t have the chance, it is never too late to go back, and this message is for everyone, not just millennials.
“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”
I AM TELLING YOU, it won’t be until you have been through some stuff, and I mean STUFF, for you to realize how strong you are, and maybe for some that’s already the case. Take advantage of the hard work you and realize that you are building character. We have all had moments where we’ve worked so hard, to the point that we want to quit. We must remind ourselves that how we choose to behave in moments of frustration may define who we are.
Now I don’t know about you, but life has a way of almost always proving me wrong. So there I am, my senior year of college, and graduation was only 9 months away. I thought I could never be like those graduates who are unemployed post-grad.
I refused to be to be reduced to a statistic, but flash forward to May 11, 2017 (graduation day) and I was one out 40 graduates who are unemployed, according to Forbes magazine. I imagined that by graduation day I would have a several job offers lined up just waiting for me to pick which one best fits me. That was not the case. Present day, here I am, still the same part-time server that I was while in college, but it’s not something to frown upon. I embrace all of the opportunities I’ve had over the past couple years because they serve(d) as a stepping stone for what lies ahead.