Here’s What I’ve Learned About #Adulting (So Far)

After a month of floundering in the LinkedIn vortex, slaving over cover letters, and waiting for answers, I landed my first post-grad, real-world job as a copywriter for an online medical superstore.

Ah yes, to all of the skeptics out there who questioned my employability as an English major: I did it. 

Before I received this offer, I thought that I was “behind.” But as I walked into the office building’s gold-plated elevator on my first day, I realized how quickly it all happened. Childhood. Adolescence. College. My parents were right: life really does flash by. There’s no need to rush through it.

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From the kitchen at work. I’m happy to say that there are TWO coffee machines.
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On my second day at work, I went to a staff barbeque, at which the Vice President of the company made us burgers and hot dogs. I’m so pleased to say that the company I work for has a friendly, positive culture.

I’d say that I’m still getting acquainted with post-grad adulthood. There’s some things that will never feel right, like waking up at 5:30 a.m. five days a week. And I’m still figuring out how to contribute to social conversations with co-workers that mostly revolve around children. (Their children. Because they have children and spouses, being the procreating grown-ass adults that they are.) Admittedly, the eight-hour days that I spend in my cubicle writing product descriptions for scrub sets (allegedly, “fashionable and functional” must-haves) are not as romantic, adventurous, and creative as I’d like them to be.

However, there’s another #adulting concept that I’m beginning to recognize:

I am in the driver’s seat.

One, literally, because I’m driving [a car] now, a terrifying but liberating experience in itself. But also figuratively. It’s up to me where I take my life next–and it’s also up to me how I approach the situation that I am currently in.

Recently, I read #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal and overall badass. Here’s a little quote that particularly resonated with me:

“Anything you do can be creative.” – Sophia Amoruso

Sure, writing ad copy and product descriptions are not the same as writing a short story, but who said that these processes can’t be creative? As a copywriter, I generate the words that draw potential customers to a piece of merchandise or to a sale. I must spark their interest and connect with them–and that requires creativity. If I tell myself that my job is dry, it will be dry. On the other hand, if I decide to take it as a creative challenge, then that’s exactly what it will be.

Here’s another #adulting concept that I’ve embraced:

Achieving [personal, self-defined] success is a step-by-step process.

Dreams don’t come true overnight–not for most of us, at least. Sophia Amoruso’s $280+ million company, Nasty Gal, began as an eBay store. Perhaps this job is my eBay store: the embryo of my career, one that will develop and flourish. I’m laying down the foundation, cultivating a skill set (and savings!) that will allow me to bring my goals into fruition.

Lastly:

I should celebrate my successes. All of them.

Throughout the month that I applied for jobs after graduation, I floated around in a constant state of searching and waiting. I had just graduated from an esteemed university with Latin and departmental honors–but I diminished that significant achievement by focusing all of my attention on the fact that I did not have a job. And then I got a job. Instead of reveling in that triumph, I thought, where will I go from here? 

I’ve decided to give myself more credit. Before looking ahead–because looking ahead is still important–I will allow myself to bask in the present moment. I will pat myself on the back and say, look at what you’ve accomplished. You did that. As I said earlier: life really is flashing by. I don’t want to miss a second of it.

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