Feeling lost? Insecure, perhaps?
As I packed my little bag of tools, lessons, contacts, and dreams after graduation; I ventured into the unknown.
I know what you’re thinking.
How can you be in the unknown? You have an internship. You have a future.
You would be correct, my friend (to an extent).
I do have an internship with a wonderful firm in Portland. I also have a future and a goal. What you might be missing is that my destination is the unknown factor of this equation.
As my internship comes to a close, I will soon be packing up that bag of tools, contacts, lessons, etc. and taking one more step towards my dreams.
Back off into the unknown!
Some things I am learning through this experience:
This is an adventure. Every step I take will lead me somewhere else. Each step is important, even if some of them feel like they have been taken in a wandering manner.
Have a goal, not a destination. Being flexible is key, you never know what city you will end up in as you chase your dreams. Be certain of what you want but be willing to take the steps to get there.
No one knows better than your gut. You know that voice in the back of your head? The one that won’t shut up? Trust it.
Your gut is what’s going to lead you where you want to go, it is a compass of sorts. It will tell you when something isn’t quite right. Deep down, you always know when something is a good fit.
Be brave. This sounds really cliché, but it holds a lot of truth. The best ideas are rarely the comfortable ones. If you don’t gather the courage to chase your dreams, you will regret it.
Your journey begins just outside of your comfort zone.