So I got a new job. Yay! No more valeting cars. Another goal for 2012 crossed off. The best part is it’s a real job. I actually use the skills I developed at college.
To sum it up, I am a “Web Content Specialist”. I write for companies websites, get other sites to link back to them, help set up their social media, and a few other random things.
The company itself is fast growing with tons of future potential. They also run this other site I write for that you should check out (click here please). And now that my job brings some sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, I think to myself I’ve finally made it!
Wherever “IT” is….
I Have Arrived
My grandma (God rest her soul) used to have this saying. See, she didn’t grow up in a very well-off family. They didn’t have much. They weren’t especially proper. As she grew older and got married, however, that changed.
Don’t misunderstand me. She didn’t get rich and become high-class society. But in her mind, that’s what it felt like. So whenever she got in a fancy car or a big airplane she would exclaim “Honey, I have arrived!”
And that pretty much sums up how I feel right now. Maybe you’ve had a similar feeling. The problem is, in any of these cases, we have not arrived.
What are We Here For?
It’s great that my job uses my talents. I’m passionate about what I’m doing. I believe in the company’s mission. But, in terms of my life’s endgame, I know this isn’t it. I have so much more to do. There is something so much bigger beyond this point.
It’s easy in moments like these to get caught up. To do the touchdown dance. To tell all of the haters and doubters to eat it. Celebration is good…as long as it’s polite. Personally, I’m growing a victory beard (follow it on Twitter and Instagram at #victorybeard).
When you have a major win in life, you should feel good. You should experience a sense of accomplishment. I went through the first day of my new job feeling great. But once it was over, I didn’t just go home and take the rest of the day off. I took my computer to a coffee shop, sat down, and started writing for myself.
For the world.
I didn’t do it for money or for personal gain. I did it because I knew it was what I needed to do. I did it because if I didn’t, I might forget. I might forget that which should never be forgotten. Who I am. Why I’m here. What I’ve got to do.
Victory is great, but….
What You Do Next Might be The Most Important Thing You Ever Do
I think a lot of the difference between good and great is what you do after you make progress. Do you take satisfaction in what’s been gained? OR do you go for more?
Don’t ignore what’s happened. Take a moment to feel good. To be happy. To see the edges of contentment, like rays of sun piercing a cloudy sky.
But after the metaphorical champagne corks have popped, and you’ve had your fun, take a deep breath and get ready for the next part.
Life is a battle. A DAILY battle. It ends when you die. As long as you’re still breathing, keep going. Don’t stop. You have so much left to do. Don’t be discouraged by it. Get excited.
Live so that others might see the life in you.
Are you doing what you feel called to do? Or have you taken your eye off the ball?