Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you’re stuck and you’re going to be stuck for a loooong time? Or you’re not making any progress at all?
I have. Actually quite recently to be honest.
I’ve found that what helps is to think back to where you were a year ago. Time gives you a clear view of where you were and where you’ve gone.
My life has changed A LOT in the past 2 years. To give you an idea:
In 2013 I finished my post grad degree and in 2014 I started job hunting. I did an internship in January 2014 at a well known gossip magazine that closed down a month or so ago, then for almost 3 months I did another internship at an advertising agency and then I got a full time job at a newspaper.
I started in April last year and this is what has happened to me in the past year alone:
In 2014 I graduated, went overseas for the first time (UAE and Europe), lost weight, gained valuable work experience, learnt more patience, grew disillusioned with the corporate world, lost my temper more than I can count, was treated unfairly and learnt how important it is to get a proper amount of rest and to switch off sometimes. I was also a bridesmaid at a dear friend’s wedding, saw friends falling in love and get married, made new friends as well, endured extensive emotional abuse (not from Mr. S just so y’all know, the man’s a saint), learnt to work better with my finances and managed my time better and set goals to accomplish.
In 2015, I went overseas again for my cousin’s wedding and was a bridesmaid (I paid for my own plane ticket), I bought my first car on my own with my own money, bought plane tickets to go to George in September (again with my own money), stopped caring about what other people thought of my life decisions, moved out of my parents house, learnt to stretch my small salary even further, made new dishes and started liking cooking even more, saw Mr. S go through some very tough career moves and changes and tried to help as much as I could, lost my temper again a fair amount of times with work, endured more extensive emotional abuse (again, not Mr. S), quit my newspaper job and got a new one at a magazine which starts on Tuesday.
When you think about all of the smaller things that make up the big picture, you’re going to feel so much better about your current situation and you will realise that you are on your way to something bigger and better. Everything just takes a bit of time. Just remember as well: You can’t please everyone. You’re not a Nutella jar.