Steve Jobs once said “Life is like being hit in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith”
It turns out a break up is much the same. (Yes: I am still talking about that, but bear with me – this time I’ve got an actual point.)
It’s like being hit with a brick for many reasons: In the moment it hurts like hell, it leaves you a bit dazed. You stagger sideways and realise that you’re no longer on the path you thought. The life you had mapped out, is no longer the one you want to lead.
It forces you to look at where you are, and where you want to be; who you want to be.
So that’s what I’ve been doing this week. I’ve been taking stock, I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve come and the moments that I am damn proud of. I’m also looking at what I want to achieve in life (both in work and outside of it.) As such, I’ve started going to language classes after work to learn German – and seriously practising it at every chance I get. It’s really fun and ‘wunderbar’ sharing an office with me at the moment.
I’ve began writing a novel, it may have taken three years of a creative writing degree and two years in the big wide world but its finally under way.
As much as it is a cliché, I guess it holds some truth: sometimes we need a short, sharp shock to jolt us into action. I think as twenty-somethings it’s easy to get caught up in living everyday as it comes. The world has us torn between having too much time, and the constant feat that one day we’ll wake up to be 40-odd years old, wondering what the heck we achieved in the last decade or so. It makes us swing between doing nothing because hello Big Bang Theory Marathon, and attempting to do so much we burn out and can’t keep the momentum up.
Being forced to take time out though (or even better actually choosing too) and stepping back for a moment can let you breath. Within a half an hour, a day or a week; you can get a firmer idea out of what you want in life. Looking at where you want to be from a standstill makes it easier to make a proper plan, not a omg-that’s-a-great-idea-I’mma-do-that sort of plan. It allows you to think about the times when things didn’t go as hoped, but you made it work and got through it; because you are a boss ass bitch. You can make it your mission to achieve something, experience something or just learn what thing will make you feel special and sparkly every time without fail *hi, shiny shoes!*
So I guess, what I’m saying is this weekend, next week, or even next month, try to remember one thing: pause, think, then go for it. Because you got this, girl.