You might think this doesn’t fit in my Scrawls – you’re absolutely right. This is just another Anecdote.
Those of you who have read my last post, JOURNÉE RÊVER will probably relate to this one more than those who haven’t (whom I would like to subtly nudge to go read that post first).
I am a 22 year old (soon to be 23), who graduated back in 2013 and unlike my peers, started working almost immediately. Spending 4 years of my life completing my degree in Engineering, I always thought that the very next thing I had to do was, work and that’s exactly what I did.
To be honest, I don’t regret my decision even one bit; but sometimes, I just feel like taking a break – not quit work altogether, but just take it easy.
Trust me, when the elderly say, “Learn how to make a living, but don’t forget to make a life” – you should not ignore it. They are those people who have probably spent all their lives trying to build things so that people like me can sit here and write a post; but they are also those people who were taught to cherish every small thing in life. They knew how to make a living and a life.
Even though they passed on their stories to us so that we could do the same, our generation at one point time fails to realise its importance. All we think about is making a living so that we could make a life later on. But what happens is that we keep putting in years to make a living, forgetting about what our personal goals are, what we really want to do in life and what matters the most. The result – we do make a life in the end, but it takes a lot to do so because we are so used to the general grind.
Look at me – I am an Electronics and Communication Engineer, a programmer by choice, trained in robotics and optical fibre communication; but working in a field where my role changes to – Digital Marketer, social media marketer, content marketer, SEO expert, SMO consultant, etc etc. Doesn’t make sense, does it?
Well, not that I couldn’t make it to my core field, it was my desire to be able to write on almost everything under the sun that has landed me here.
I started with technical writing, learnt SEO on the go, then social media walked in randomly and the next thing I knew I was the Social Media Web Journalist for a reputed company with a base in Singapore. YAY. Life goals of a 20 something year old – achieved.
But being a typical Gemini, I tend to get bored of routines and so, I moved on to digital marketing. Current position – Digital and Content Marketing Expert, with a pretty popular start up. Life goals of a 22 year old – achieved.
There are a lot of people who tell me that I moved up pretty quickly; well, touchwood. I think I am going to give the credit for this to my parents who dealt with my tiny wandering mind with so much patience that I would probably give them a nobel prize if I could; and the man who showed me what social media really was, taught me how to write better and gave me the worst feedback on my work just to make it better – the man who hired me as a Social Media Web Journalist, being fully aware that I had zilch knowledge about it in the beginning (well okay, I did know a little bit).
This May, I complete 2 years of working – full time and freelance side by side.
If I go by what I have always dreamt for myself, it’s time to not just keep working, but also fish out all those books that have been gathering dust and get down to some serious “studying”. Hence, this post – work and study.
I could study while I was studying. I could work while I was just working. I am not entirely too sure about how the two will go hand in hand, but I think I am going to give it a shot. No matter how many people out there tell me that doing an MBA is pointless and just an overhyped idea after reaching the position I am at now, I think pursuing my personal goal is something that I am not going to think twice about.
This might just seem like me rambling, but it’s serving the purpose it was meant to – to refresh my little wandering mind, so that I could get back to studying the big fat book lying right in front of me while I cough, sneeze and hold a hot water bag to my tummy saying, “it’s OK”.
Just a step towards making my life, instead of just making a living.
“Don’t get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life.”