What society didn't prepare you for: Life in the Real World
1. Stop placing all the blame on other people for how they interact with you.
2. Stop being lazy by being constantly “busy.”
3. Stop seeking out distractions.
4. Stop trying to get away with work that’s “good enough.”
5. Stop allowing yourself to be so comfortable all the time.
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I’ve been writing in this blog for less than a year. It started off as a means to explain what life really is like after college, but then it morphed. I decided to upgrade, much like things do in life, to a different point of view. I wanted to share what life really is like in that first “Real World” job. Problem is, I still have yet to find that corporate, 9-5, full benefits job I’ve heard so much about.
This could be the case for many reasons. The Economy is bad. I’m in the wrong city. I’m a woman. I’m white. I had something in my teeth during that entire interview. Regardless of the surface reason, I believe the true answer lies deep within my soul. I know, I’m getting serious on ya’ll. However, I have a feeling that if I wanted that 9-5, I would have had it already. I’m a smart girl! I know how to solve problems. I know how to use Word and Excel. MY issue is that I see that as settling. I don’t want that typical job that restrains your joy and laughter and randomness. I can’t just sit behind a desk and stare at the phone, waiting for someone to tell me what to do.
I know I can’t do that, and I’m pretty sure the majority of my generation can’t either. We’re known as the “Information Age”, and to me, that means we are on the constant hunt for education, understanding, and execution. Does that sound like a generation who wants to sit at a desk wearing a pencil skirt and kitten heels? No. Heck no.
I constantly tell my aunts, uncles, grandparents - whoever’s apart of a generation above me - that I want a work environment where I have the freedom to have fun with the understanding I’ll kick ass at whatever project I’m working on. People respond to honey not vinegar. And let me tell you, my generation is a hot mess of busy bees waiting to get their work on.
Yeah… I called us ‘busy bees’ :)
It’s time for a post. Not just a post, but a rant. This blog is dedicated to telling the truth about the real world after the mirage of higher education fades away. It’s about asking the questions ‘why me’ and ‘why not me’ simultaneously with everyone understanding the significance of both. Why did my girlfriend break up with me? Why can’t I find a reliable job? Let me give you a helpful piece of advice, young wannabe professionals. A good portion of why things have or haven’t happened to you is because of commitment. Not your commitment, of course! You would dedicate whole-heartedly to whatever opportunity passed your way. I’m talking about the rest of the world that can’t make up its fricken mind. Haven’t you ever noticed things would be a lot simpler if your boss would just hire you full time instead of paying by the hour? Commitment issues. Or what about that special person in your life where you’re just not sure whether its ‘official’? Commitment issues. I know those of you out there have the same annoyance I do. And let me tell you something.
I am sick of it! We’ve all heard honesty is the best policy, yet no one out there is man/woman enough to claim a land with a flag jabbed in the tough soil. Everyone is so careful. So analytical. It’s not about emotion or trust anymore. It’s about money, logistics, selfishness. So here’s a call to action for those suffering at the hand of others. Stand up for yourself!! If they aren’t going to commit, find someone who will. We have to believe there are people out there who still believe in us. Believe in a college degree to prove we’re capable. Believe in relationships to carry each other through life. Believe that people are worth investing in.
So invest in us, and we’ll invest in you. Thank you.