I recently got a part-time job. It is in the field that I am interested in, I get to meet cool people and learn new stuff, my colleagues are really nice, my office is at my university, and I am making some cash out of it; I couldn’t have asked for more. On top of that, I am still taking three courses in university, involved in a student club and an organizing team for an event, and I still want to keep this blog alive. I have a lot of responsibilities (let’s not forget about the fact that I am living on my own, and I have to do my laundry and take my garbage out and clean my bedroom or I won’t have enough panties to wear or a clean house to live in), but I am not complaining. I am not complaining because I am gaining relevant experience before I graduate and get into the workforce. I needed it.
Like many other millennials, I fear that my life will be wasted in school or work. I don’t want to regret when I am older that I had spent my entire life trying to make money and not enjoying other aspects of life. So I try to live life to the fullest. I focus not only on my academics, but also on having fun outside of the classroom doing things that I like. However, as I get closer to the end of my education journey, I realized that without a job, without a stable income after I graduate, I will not be able to do things that I like, not to mention support myself or enjoy a better quality of life.
So I guess the key is to find the balance, to make the best out of the time that I have after I hustle for my career. When I am not working or studying or blogging or being social, I try to squeeze time for a good workout session or a run, or to meet up with my friends and have a good laugh. Yesterday, I was even able to go to church after a quick gym session after work, and I went running this morning before I went to work again.
I know, you think that I am crazy for doing so much despite having the same 24 hours that you have in a day, but it is the fact that I am able to accomplish so much that is driving me to do even more. It feels so satisfying at the end of the day to know that my time was well spent, that I did not just spend my time on work, but also on my health and my social life. I wasn’t just a slave to the grind. I understand that there will be days that you’re too busy with work to even sleep or eat properly, we all have those days. What I did to overcome those days is by staying positive (sometimes with the help of some ice-cream or bathroom concert time) and being super organized. Do not give up midway and do not procrastinate. Once you’re caught up in the momentum, you’ll be ahead of the game again.
Not sure if you’ve noticed from my Instagram photos, but I’ve gotten back to running lately. I signed up for a half marathon that will take place in May and I honestly don’t know if I can complete it, but I’m going to try. As I am forced to run and train for the race, I get to experience some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen in Vancouver. In fact, all of the photos from this blog posts were taken when I went running. The featured photo was taken during sunset at a lookout point along SW Marine Drive, opposite the Pacific Spirit Park; and the rest of the photos were taken on Monday when I went running along the seawall. I was welcomed at the finish line (English Bay) with this short quote written on the sign. Isn’t it beautiful? Not really the fonts, but the fact that someone actually wrote it with the intention to spread kindness, that’s why I think it’s beautiful.
If I didn’t sign up for a half marathon, I wouldn’t have been motivated to go running; if I didn’t go running, I wouldn’t have seen these beautiful views and appreciate nature, or come across this sign that gives me a little more faith in humanity. I’m really glad that the way I’m living my life is giving me more meaning in my life, and I hope that by sharing this with you, it will inspire you too.
Make every day count, it’ll make your dream chasing journey so much more meaningful! ?