Who doesn’t want instant happiness and satisfaction? If you were given the choice to accept $100 now or next week, “now” sounds pretty good, right?!
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned after my college experience is that “life” takes time. As a senior in college, you have this picture painted of what your future will look like after you throw your cap in the air. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing – and necessary – to visualize what you want your future to look like, but it’s also extremely important to acknowledge that you’re going to have to encounter and overcome many obstacles leading up to the “big reveal” of your life picture.
A favorite analogy of mine is to picture yourself as an entry-level chef. You imagine yourself owning one of the most popular restaurants in the world! You envision yourself cutting the ribbon to the grand opening of your business, accepting awards, and large crowds applauding your success…but, let’s rewind back to your first day at culinary school and you haven’t even created your first dish yet.
Some people are very fortunate and find the “job of their dreams” sooner than later in life. But, it’s safe to say that most of us “Millenials” are realizing it takes time to figure out who you are and what you want to do. Just like entry-level chefs need to get used to working in the kitchen on their own, trying many different ingredients to create one perfect dish…so do we need to experiment with different “ingredients” to create a life that satisfies our hunger!
If you take anything away from this read, I want it to be these two things:
- Life takes time. It’s perfectly normal to try different paths and “ingredients” in life before experiencing a certain sense of satisfaction and happiness. Take your time getting to know yourself…your wants and needs in life. In fact, I strongly encourage you to do that – what you like, don’t like, what makes you come alive! Just because you find yourself unhappy in your career or whatever the case may be, that just means you’ve discovered something you don’t like. You would have never known you didn’t like Sales until you tried Sales. You would have never known that college isn’t for you, but the Air Force is…until you tried both. Those experiences are huge – discoveries that you would have never made had you not accepted that job or enlisted in the Army. And, guess what? Now, you can explore some more…adding another step to the staircase leading you to your personal happiness and purpose.
- Enjoy the ride! Time is something you cannot get back. When you experience anything in life, your perspective ultimately determines that final outcome and how you will move forward. Yes, I allow myself to acknowledge the negative in a situation, but I never allow myself to consider it time wasted, because that “bad” circumstance has opened my eyes to how I can adjust my sails, become a better person because of it, and continue working toward the success I know I’m capable of. You have to transform your way of thinking and enjoy the ride!
So, have some fun with your journey. Experiment with different ingredients so that you can find what makes your perfect dish…satisfying your hunger for life! Take time with life and enjoy the ride…