I recently had an epiphany about myself. I am a person who really tries to like things, even if deep down, I don’t really enjoy them. I tried really hard to like cycling. I admit, some days on the bike were lots of fun, but mostly because I was with great friends. But if I took out the friends, the cycling itself has never really been something I like. (I like racing triathlon so I just sort of “get through” that whole bike part.)
Social drinking is another thing I tried to like. I definitely drank more in my 20’s, who didn’t? However, coming into my mid-thirties (yikes!) I realize I just don’t really like drinking. I hate hangovers and I hate feeling lethargic and “down” the next day. I know it doesn’t effect everyone this way, but it definitely puts me in a weird mood. Plus aside from one glass of red wine, there isn’t really anything that I love to drink. Beer upsets my stomach and the super sweet drinks just aren’t for me. Basically, I don’t like drinking.
Finally, we come to my career. For a while now I’ve been in planning and logistics roles. I even tried my hand at race directing. I could not have been happier when that last race I directed was over. It was much too stressful for me. All of these jobs seem like so much fun on the outside. Anytime I’d tell anyone I was a meeting planner, they’d always respond, “Oh how fun!” I know a lot of planners who LOVE it. But, as much as I wanted to, I just didn’t.
I know that you never really know if you like something unless you try, but I try a little too hard to like something. I know deep down what makes me truly happy and what I want to do with my free time.
Today is my last day as a meeting planner. I’m going to miss my co-workers and working in the “cool” area of town. I’ve made a couple of great friends and I’m happy to know they are only a phone call away.
My new job involves lots and lots of writing and this makes me VERY happy as writing is something I LOVE. I don’t even have to try to like it. I actually do.
I’m hopeful I will make even more awesome friends and enjoy my co-workers at the new gig too. I am super thankful that I found a new job and that I had lots of support from friends and family in my search. I know that this was a lesson for me in seeking out things that I actually enjoy and not forcing myself into something I think I should.
Here’s to new horizons, possibilities, and liking what you like!
Have to be true to yourself (cheesy, yes), but 100% right. So happy for you on the new job, congrats lady!
Congrats and good luck at the new job!
It makes a huge difference doing something that you actually enjoy.
As its the day before, I will have a few cocktails for you this weekend, two nights of the String Cheese Incident in Vegas!!! Super Stoked!! And a huge Congrats on the new job front!!! Love the upbeat post and pleased about your new beginnings. Have a wonderful weekend and stay strong. Cheers
So awesome, Beth! Congrats on the new gig! Doing something you love… best thing ever. I'm working so hard to find that, too 🙂 (I also don't like drinking… why waste the next day not feeing well?!)
We are soooo much alike. Congrats on the new job!
Super exciting to figure out what you love! Congrats again!!
Congrats on the new job! That's the really cool thing about your 30's. By the time they are over, you definitely know what you like and what you just won't tolerate anymore. Glad you're finally getting your stuff together!
Congrats!! How exciting! I can't wait to be able to make the leap to the job I love some day…
I think you might be an alcoholic.
I couldn't agree with you more – figure out what it is that YOU like to do, and do that, not what you THINK you should like.
Best wishes with the new job