It’s Christmas. A time when you go home. A time when you gather with family and friends. A time when people feel the need to ask you: “What are you doing these days?” A typical question. Seemingly harmless. What am I doing? What AM I doing? Throughout the year it seems like I’m doing so much, but when faced with that question…what exactly HAVE I done?
As I’m sitting here typing this I’m thinking about all the recent developments in my life, all the things I’ve got going for me. I have a pretty good life, but how do I share that with people? How do I explain that I have a really successful blog that people like…that I don’t get paid for? How do I explain that I have FINALLY, after a year out of college, figured out what I want to do with my life…but I still only make minimum wage? Then it hit me. Since when is my life measured in the money I make or the job I have? It’s not, and it won’t be any longer.
A typical issue among 20-somethings is the lack of perceived “direction.” And guess what? Who cares? Maybe the direction of our lives are different than that of past generations. And that’s okay. One of my favorite quotes ever is this: “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” Be a good person, strive for your best and what you know to be right, and always cherish the people in your life who see the best in you.
Throughout the year it’s easy to get bogged down with thoughts of inadequacy and what we see as failures, but take this day to realize that whether you get paid a lot or not enough, whether you have your dream job or haven’t figured out what that means yet, just remember that these things don’t define you. Be content with where your life is leading you.