Well, alittlegemblog is now officially one year old!
Goodness me, what a journey. When I started this blog I was recovering from glandular fever and chronic fatigue, and was starting a new semester of engineering at UQ. I was stressed and anxious and sick and generally displeased with the paths I was taking.
Over the last twelve months I have moved to a different state, changed degree, had three different jobs, moved house three times, done a bit of travel and written 69 blog posts (lol). Today I am writing as a much happier, healthier person who – even though I still haven’t chosen a path to follow – am quite okay with taking my time in figuring things out.
I am currently house sitting for a friend-of-a-friend and before they left me with the keys to the house and the responsibility of their adorable dog Tara, they said a few things which really struck a chord.
The focus of their message was – make room in your life for the things you love.
I love to write. I have said a thousand times that if I could do anything I would sit down and write for a living. Of course, the practical side of my brain is always reminding me that money is important too. For some reason it never occurred to me that I could choose a ‘day job’ which allows me to make money, while also having time to follow my creative interests.
This career conundrum is something which I have been struggling with for years, and suddenly it is all made simple by this one late-night conversation with a stranger. Your job or career doesn’t define who you are. You can make room for the things you love in life. You don’t have to sacrifice your interests for a career. You don’t even have to choose just ONE career. Choose happiness and the rest will fall into place.
I have been asking almost everyone I met over the last three months why they chose their career, and everyone I spoke to said that they didn’t choose it at all. It just sort of happened.
So, to celebrate this on year milestone, I will leave you with this message…
Make room for what you love, because life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.