The big two-five is coming up in a few short weeks, but I have to say, I learned a lot in my twenty-fourth year of life.
I never thought I would confess to liking these things, but with some things, it just takes time to fall in love.
I now crave tomatoes with my food. In bruschetta, salsa, burritos, anything. Sweet tomatoes make every meal better.
I hated everything about Fleetwood Mac for years. Now, I listen to Rumours on repeat. My favorite song from the album has to be Dreams.
I also hated the song Let it Be by the Beatles. While I’ve been a huge fan of the Beatles my entire life, I think I heard the song too many times and it lost its potential meaning to me early on. But, as I mentioned previously, I fell in love with the song once again after listening to it once the draught in Madison ended with a quick rainstorm. At that point, the song held so much meaning to me and I understood other peoples’ passion for the song.
In these three instances, I had to take the preconceived notions I held for my entire life and let them go. I am trying to do this as much as possible. Trying to let the ideas that I held for years go and make new opinions for myself. It has not been as difficult as I would have thought it would be, and it has made my life happier. Jumping in and trying new things, or re-trying old things, can let you see the world in a completely different light.
A little over three months after graduation, and I am still on the career-path job hunt. However, I have a job in the meantime…working as a barista at the Barnes and Noble Cafe.
I will let you chuckle for a bit at this point…
I honestly feel like a walking cliche. First off, I am an aspiring librarian who wears glasses and loves putting my hair up in a bun. Now, I have two degrees and am working as a barista part-time. This is not the way I envisioned my life after graduation, but this is giving me the time I need to apply for jobs and only apply to jobs that I could actually see myself working at. At this point in my life, there is no use in being unhappy with a career. I want to love my job and have passion in every single thing of my life.
Which is why serving coffee is the best plan for me at this moment. I absolutely love coffee, love books, and love the mission behind Barnes and Noble. I also have the ability to meet new people, start thinking about new life goals, and work towards the dreams I have had for my entire life. I am happy with this situation, but I am not at all content. I want to keep pushing, moving forward, and working towards happiness.
Things don’t turn around overnight, nor will they ever. But, with hard work, persistence, and passion, I will land the dream job.
For a laugh, check out this Saturday Night Live skit about my new workplace.
I am in love with this cover of Sam Cooke’s song “A Change is Gonna Come” by Ben Sollee.
I have to remember that with a lot of hard work, change develops. Sometimes, it is unexpected, but completely worth it in the end.
Today, I embark on a new change: my new job. Although it is another part-time gig, it is going to help me through this transitional period in my life. I decided on one part-time job instead of two so I still have time to focus on finding a career-building job, have time to spend with my family, and time to reflect on the changes I am constantly making in my life.
I’m proud of the change I have made in my life and excited for this new adventure. I’ll dish a bit more about my first day tomorrow!