Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Don't Rush It...
How many times have you gotten caught up with where you think you should be in life rather than enjoying where you are right now? I'm guilty too because, let my life timeline tell it, I'm supposed to be in Brooklyn getting my Sidney Shaw on. Instead, I'm in the South Suburbs of Chicago, blogging on my grandparent's seemingly comfortable green couch that swallows whoever sits on it, while holding down a part time job at a gym. I'm actually doing pretty good when you think about it. I don't have to stress about a car note or rent, groceries or gas (when I'm not driving my dad's truck) whereas a lot of my peers do. I have a place to stay, food to eat, and a supportive family who seems to be very proud of all that I do. But then, there are times when I feel as if I did something wrong along the way because I don't have a car nor am I living on my own.
I was just over at Essence.com, checking out Janelle Harris' column where she encourages us to ditch the timelines we have mapped out for ourselves and just continue to work at achieving the ultimate goal. She, like many of us, had it all figured out: She would have a job fresh out of college (ha!), married by 25, own a brownstone in Brooklyn by 27 and have earned her PhD. by 30 (whew!). For the record, if she was able to accomplish all that in that 6-7 year window after undergrad, I would have followed that woman to the ends of the Earth because, clearly, she harbored the secret to successful living.
Holding true to form, life had a different plan for Janelle and instead of rushing through life as she wanted to, she is being forced to enjoy the space she is in now, continuing to learn the kind of woman she is.
God has been placing helpful people in my life that are opening doors of opportunity for me in my intended field which is why I'm not really pressed about me still living at home. My mother has told me before that as long as I do what I'm supposed to do, God will do the rest. "Faith without works is dead" is the scripture she often quotes to me.
Right now, my job is to step out of my shell and get started with this new freelancing gig I just got with The Chicago Crusader, among a few other publications. I have to continue to build my resume as well as thicken my skin a bit before I can successfully transition into life in the Big Apple.
I'm not giving up on my dream, rather putting it in God's hands as he will continue to prepare me for life there. Like Janelle said, I've got time =) Meanwhile, I'll continue to pray for patience and direction, trusting that God will put me exactly where I need to be.