You know how school is supposed to prepare you for life? Well, I’ve realized it gives you some very valuable skills, but it also causes some problems. Summer break is great, but it doesn’t really help your mindset. And all of those projects and ever changing classes? Fabulous, right?
So what happens when you’ve graduated and you have to step into the real world where you don’t get three months of vacation, life doesn’t hand you projects, and you’re expected to hold a job for at least a few years? You possibly react like me and think, “Well shit. I’m not so sure about that.”
There are a great many people who like routine and like the security of having the same job for years, but that thought scares me. The thought of doing the same thing day in and day out sounds awful. For a while I fought this idea, and sometimes I still do, but I figured something out.
While there are plenty of people who like the routine of doing the same thing every day, there are also people like me who can’t do that. They need change. And fortunately there are jobs out there that involve change and projects. If you can’t stand doing the same thing over and over again you just have to look for a project based position, or try working freelance. That’s definitely project based.
I also realized that I can work on my own projects to keep things changing. For example, if you’ve been reading any of my previous posts on Wonder Thinker, you’ll see that I don’t write about one specific topic or in one particular way. I mix it up. This keeps me interested. I’ve also been writing a young adult fiction novel. This is yet another way to add variety to my every day. It takes a little extra effort, but I feel more accomplished. I don’t feel stuck. It makes life a little less scary.
So if I’ve learned anything, I’ve learned that school assigns you a format, but in the real world you have to create your own. It can be hard work, but you’ll be happier when you create a format that fits you best. And keep in mind, that it can always change, and should always change. Life shouldn’t be stagnant, so keep on your toes and get to doing. Make a format that works for you right now, and just go with it. You can always change it later.