Gal Pals

Gal pals are what we all need in life. I have the best friends. I know that if I ever needed any one of them to drop everything and be there for me, they would. I would do the same for them.

Cheers to friends. Lifelong friends.

 

The stretch from childhood to adulthood

superstock_1439r-1072452Right I am 23 years, 3 months, and 24 days old (I would go down to the hour, but unlike most people, I don’t know what time I was born). Currently the majority of my friends, and myself, find ourselves in a tight spot. We see childhood now as distant, being a teenager as semi-recent, and now young adulthood upon us. We have past the time for college, and are now educated members of society. For some of us this means the early stages of finding a partner, finding a career, finding a new place to live, or just simply… finding yourself. I am on a bit of a different note, as I have found my partner, and have now been happily married for 1 1/2 years. However, I still find myself searching harder than ever to discover who I really am. I look back and see different versions of myself, and try to determine what they all have in common. I ask myself questions all the time about self discovery. Am I creative? Am I talented? What do I care about? What do I find entertaining? I think that this age makes it hard to answer these questions. There is a lot of pressure to find concrete answers that are going to last for the majority of our lives. Some of us are more carefree, and are excited to be the era of mid 20’s. So many opportunities, not that many responsibilities. In the end I have one thing determined. I will never stop trying to connect with myself. Too often I am distracted. It is important to take time out, and be appreciative of the amazing creation that God made. I know we are here for a reason, and so far, our personal history has led us to this point. I also want to say that I hope all of us, who see ourselves as in this special time in life, appreciate it. We may not have another opportunity to pay some much needed attention on ourselves, for a long time.

Was it worth it?

I have been thinking lately about the price of college ever since I read one of Seth Godin’s posts on his blog titled We Accidentally Marketed Ourselves Into a Corner. The beginning of the post really puts the whole college game into question.I feel like I have been asked numerous times already, “Was it worth it?” Of course those who ask are referring to the outrageous price of my tuition and the loans I took on. My answer is always, “yes, it was.” Looking back on those years is an enjoyable experience. I have wonderful memories and made life long friends. I don’t regret how I studied, and I am proud of the effort I put in. But best of all, I am actually doing what I studied. I don’t think many people can say this, unless they studied something so specific. A business degree however can launch you into so many different fields. I can’t begin to count how many fellow Marketing majors went off to do telesales or something like that. I love my job and I feel fulfilled each day. So yes, it was worth it, debt and all.This advice is mostly for those like my little sister, who is currently questioning the value of higher education. Go to a school you like, choose a career you can picture yourself in, and one that will make you happy. Don’t worry about money, it works itself out. I am sure that there are many out there who would disagree. Godin mainly discussed how the top 500 or the top 50 school don’t matter as much as we all think they do. I can attest to this. I went to the school I wanted to go to. I didn’t care too much about the stats, and I am fine, right where I want to be.