Who would have ever thought that one day I would be quoting Confucius. But here am I today, quoting a proverb that I never thought I was allowed to say till I reached my late twenties – maybe even to my mid-thirties. As many of you know, a couple months ago I made a difficult choice of leaving my job to focus on nurturing myself and my family. This choice was also backed up by certain benchmarks, my graduation for one, and the overwhelming need to throw caution to the wind and do something not-sensible and not-predictable.
You know how they say if you love yourself, life will love you back? Well, that’s exactly what happened. Whether you believe in the same God as I do, or you believe in karma, or in whichever faith or mantra you choose to believe in, I feel that in all beliefs, the underlying truth of it all is that life is what you decide to make of it. Ten years of unpaid internships and what was it all for? There was no academic credit, no monetary gain, it was a choice. A choice to do something to better myself, to build onto my identity capital, and long story short it was something that I loved to do and I told myself that my passion was going to get me somewhere. I was so hungry for it. Confucius said by, “Choosing a job you love, you would never have to work a day in your life.” And you know how the longer you wait for your meal, the better it tastes? Hold onto that thought, hold onto that hunger, because once your meal arrives – it will taste so good. I’m happy to say that I’m now a full-time, employed individual with benefits and all. And I have to tell you, time has never passed so quickly and I’ve pinched myself several times to see if this is real because I’m so grateful and blessed to be able to get paid to do what I do. Stay hungry, believe in your capabilities, and know your strengths, because it’s hard out there and when push comes to shove, you’ll be the only one able to back yourself up.