Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Past or Present: Where do you live?

Hello, friends!

How's your Wednesday going? I did a big thing yesterday and cut my hair off! It's super super short now. No non-awkward selfie pictures yet, but as soon as I get a good pic, I will be sure to share!

I fell off the bandwagon a bit recently, but I'm back today to real talk with my blogging bff Tamara, who is hosting a thought provoking link up for the next forever -- 30 topics in 30 weeks, inspired by these two articles about things to do for yourself and things to stop doing to yourself.

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Today's Topic:

Past or present: where do you live?

This one doesn't quite speak to me. Except for when I've just gone through a big change -- graduation, a break up, a death, etc -- I'm pretty good at not living in the past. Or if I do something stupid, I typically dwell on it a bit. The real question for me right now...

Present or Future

I am about to graduate. (again.) I don't have a job yet and don't know in what city or state I will get a job. I don't know how long I'll keep working where I'm working -- technically I have till the beginning of August, but I may leave before then if I get a job. So I'm spending a lot of time applying to jobs, worrying thinking about the future, and planning all of my tomorrows.

Also, I have an awesome trip coming up, and one of my bffffffs is getting married in November and I get to be her Maid of Honor. So I'm also really looking forward to both of those things and spending a lot of mental/thinking time there, too.

I know that when I move to the next thing, whatever that may be, it will be hard. Even if I love it, it will be a challenge. (Or at least, it better be. How else am I supposed to learn?) And I know that I'll look back at this position and remember how confident I was in my abilities. Remember how much I love living in this house with Pat. Remember my classmates and the security of being one of a cohort all learning together. So I should enjoy it while I'm here.

The real battle is to stay here.

In my last capstone class, with all of my cohort meeting for the last time before we graduate, our professors asked us each to give our classmates some advice for going forward. One of my classmates said,

"Be where you are, when you are, where you are."

So I'm going to try to do just that.

Where do you "live" -- Past, Present or Future?


Holly said...

Yes! I agree, the future is hard not to worry about, but life is so much better when you're "present" :)

Genna said...

Amen! Job searching and having that fear of the unknown are big issues of mine too. I often find an "event" like a wedding or vacation and just focus on that just telling myself to get through the days instead of living them.

Tamara said...

When you're in a state of transition all you can do is worry about the future! Especially when it's all so unknown - is it going to be great & wonderful or horrible & shitty? Gives me the heebie-jeebies because I certainly do not like not knowing what's going to happen.

I really like what your classmate said - that's so true with so much of life. I think as long as can recognize at least most of the time that your present is just as important as remembering those happy memories in your past and just as important as planning for your future (Because at some point your present is both of those things) you're golden.

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

"Be where you are, when you are, where you are." Wow! So inspiring.


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