always be learning…

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This May I will be graduating. Again. Of course that’s exciting and on one hand I want to be counting down the days. On the other hand it’s as scary as it was the first time when I was 22. I have the same old fears of will I get a job doing what I love- but this time they are more compounded. Last time I didn’t really know what a job I “loved” would even be, and I set my mind at ease with affirmations of “you’ll figure it out” and “you have lots of time”. This time I think about being 35 and competing for an entry-level job, making less money than I do now and having bosses way younger than me.

I finally bought The War of Art a couple weeks ago after it being in my Amazon wish list for months. I’ve been reading it slowly- not my usual type of slowly, as in forgetting about it for weeks at a time- but as in, really absorbing the words and re-reading the pages that really jump out at me. So many of my constant thoughts and fears are addressed in this book and I’m not going to lie- it’s comforting to know that the things I worry about but never knew how to articulate, are actually common enough to be addressed in this book.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the journey. In reality, only a handful of lucky people know what they want to be when they’re a teenager and immediately set out on that path. It’s easy to get down on yourself for not being where you think you should be by a certain age. We often accept the label of “lost soul” if we don’t follow the traditional career path- but I’d rather look at it as just taking the scenic route.

One of my instructors often mentions how we should strive to always be learning, not just in school but in any way possible. Once you think of yourself as “learned”, you stop growing and evolving. This is true in every area from your career path, hobbies, and relationships with other people.

Heck, I might be back in school 10 years from now for something completely different and I’m okay with that.

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8 Responses to always be learning…

  1. kim says:

    age ain’t nothing but a number



  2. So jealous…it’s nice to be able to feel like you are on your way to something, whatever that might turn out to be. Congrats on all of your accomplishments and good luck on what’s ahead of you. Personally…I wouldn’t want anything but the scenic route :)

    xo



  3. Salvaged Strawberry says:

    Friend, this is so exciting. You are in such a great spot – you are free to create the life that will make you happy. You aren’t stuck in a job that you can’t leave because of the steady paycheck – you can follow your heart and your dreams and really do what makes you shine, and that is so amazing. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter has in store for you! I read this today, and it made me really think about this life of mine. http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2013/02/how-to-listen-to-your-heart.html



  4. Ah Lisa this post rang SO true for me! Though I am working full time “in my field” of environmental policy but I am actually doing the same thing every day and learning nothing. It has actually been through this blog that I have much stronger feelings for vintage, photography, and so many other things that are definitely not related to my major. At this point I am hoping to figure out what I want to do soon, ugh!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    xo Hannah



  5. Jessi says:

    Hey!
    Some of the girls of Flock Together mentioned they loved your blog so I thought I’d check it out! Needless to say, you are super cute and I’m now following:)
    I don’t believe that you’re 35. 22 seemed more right haha! But I have the same problems thinking about my career path. I haven’t finished my schooling yet because I have no idea what I want to do! I’m kind of stuck at a fork in the road. I think it’s great you’re graduating again and “taking the scenic route” You get more out of life!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com



  6. Miki says:

    What a great post, Lisa! You’re so right and it’s so much fun to always be in learning mode. I hate know-it-alls!

    Congrats on getting a second degree! ;D Woohoo! And thanks a lot for voting for the shelter for blind kitties :P.

    Tight hugs!



  7. Dus says:

    Thanks for sharing this, I love how open you were here in sharing your fears and I think it’s just super awesome that you found what you loved and went back to school for it! I think it seems to have worked out great for you because I see so many get stuck on some career track they don’t love and not study again.. and so many super smart people I went to school with get 9-5s and then spend 4 hrs watching tv every night and now learn anything new since college. anyway, kind of a tangent but I truly find it inspiring how you’ve found what you love and found a way to work in it!



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