I know there's probably too much hype around Jordan Hasay (partially because she is blonde and cute but also more legitimately because she is smart, seems sweet, and is damn fast), but I must say, I love her just like everyone else does. She finished up her college career with this quote:
“I was trying to believe in storybook endings. But that’s life. You can script it all you want, but it doesn’t always work out the way you would like it to.”
Indeed. Thanks for being real.
|Come on, what's not to love. source|
I also find romantic statements about "finding the one" and "you'll know when you know" to be very frustrating. Unless you are very religious, I don't even know how anyone can believe in "finding the one". It is statistically nearly impossible! Calculate the odds. They are not good. Look at divorce rates.
Even "Everything happens for a reason" is frustrating to me. Try telling that to someone dying of a terrible disease. If there is a reason for stuff like that, it sure is lost on me.
How about "If you dream it, you can work extremely hard towards that goal, do as much as you can, and thank your lucky stars you haven't gotten mixed up in some mass shooting or something, maybe you'll get there. Head down, eyes forward.". (Sorry, still reeling a bit from this week's Santa Monica college shooting).
But when I stop being quite so damn pessimistic, sometimes I can try to relate to some of the magic other people seem to feel. The main thing I can really relate it to is my job. Is that sad?
Here is why. I've gone through a huge number of attempted career paths (even internships) that are diverse as horticulture, oil and gas engineering, environmental consulting, education reform, and now...yes...digital marketing in the fashion space.
I wouldn't say that every single day of my life, I jump out of bed excited to go to work (there are ups and downs), but in general, I really like my job and am excited about my career path. I can't really explain it, because I'm not THAT into fashion, or marketing, but I love the combination of data analysis, fun people, constantly changing technologies, reacting to customer behavior, and come on...who doesn't like clothes. In times like these, when my personal life is a bit of a mess, I almost can't wait to go into work on Monday morning.
I have family connections in the business, but still, without a number of weird hardships, there is no way I would have ended up in digital marketing. So maybe everything doesn't happen for a reason, but sometimes out of bad stuff comes good stuff. Right?
And I don't want to fool myself into thinking that this is the only job I will ever have, or the only thing that would give me fulfillment, but I know that I am very lucky to like my job.
So maybe that is what you crazy dreamers are talking about when you say you found the one. Or that you're reaching your dreams. Logically, you know that the stats are stacked against all of your dreams coming true and finding THE BEST person in the world for you. But you sure are thankful that you found things that you love and love you and want to believe you're on the right path.
And that's where I am right now. Listening to my instincts, trying to be thankful for what I have, hoping that I'm on the right path...and oh yeah...maybe trying to take inspirational phrases a little less literally. I think that will work better for me :).