Every single one of the past several years has included a big change for me. In 2012, I graduated college and moved from Boston back to Southern California. In 2013, I started my current job, lost both my aunt and my grandfather, and my father was diagnosed with cancer. In 2014, made the decision to go to graduate school, applied, enrolled, and began classes.
2015 is both exciting and terrifying for many reasons. If the past few years have taught me anything, it’s that you can never really be prepared for what’s coming at you. It could be good or bad, but it is never predictable. This year, I’m taking a few things into my own hands.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
In one week, I will be quitting the job I’ve held for nearly two years. Between full time work (and a two hour commute) and grad school, I’m simply overwhelmed. I actually had a reaction to stress that caused the skin on the bottom of my feet to itch and peel off. Gross, right? I need a break and I need to concentrate on school. I already feel relieved at the prospect of having a little bit of time off. But, since this decision wasn’t quite planned out that well, I’m going to be pretty tight on funds. I have a part time job lined up, but it doesn’t start until June. I’m hoping to pick up a few tutoring jobs, but there’s no guarantee of that. So as much as I’m looking forward to just being done with this part of my life, it’s a little scary.
Overall, though, I think this is a good change for me. I will have so much more time to read and write and actually pay attention to my homework. I won’t get stress rashes anymore, or be at risk for an ulcer at twenty-five. When your doctor tells you not once, but twice, to quit your job, it’s time to move on.
So I already know 2015 will be a year of change for me. And while I loathe YOLO, I am a big believer in taking risks and following your dreams, even if that path is not paved in gold.
I’m not a big New Year’s resolution person, but this year I’m making one. It’s this:
Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Let me know your resolutions or life changes in the comments below. I hope you all have a wonderful 2015!