Sometimes I like to go back and read my previous tumblr posts from years ago. From the innocent and naive years. 😉
It’s an amazing way to see how God can totally flip the expectations you had of what your plans were for your life, to a reality you weren’t expecting. In my case it’s a better outcome than I had hoped for.
I graduated college two years ago. My plan was to move to the middle of no where and get a reporting job at a small news station, and spend my career working my way up at stations across the country. So after I graduated I applied for reporting positions all across the country. Never got an interview, a reply or even a rejection letter. Not gonna lie it was an extremely frustrating summer. My minimum wage paying part time job wasn’t going to be helping me make my student loan payments.
Then one day I got an e-mail from a friend asking if I would like to assistant direct his children’s theater show in Chicago that winter. It was something I was definitely interested in. So I changed my job sights and started looking for a job - any job I could find - in Chicago. In a few weeks I had an interview and got a job at an office in Chicago - not exactly the reporting job I wanted but I was thrilled to have full time work in a city I loved.
Over the next year I decided to start taking improv classes at Second City and if you’ve ever read my blog entries before you know how much that has changed my life. I’ve met some of the greatest people in the world there and in the surrounding improv community. I spent a year completing the improv program. I then auditioned and got accepted into the music conservatory and am currently about half way through the program.
I got the chance to be on two directing teams in Oak Park and have absolutely fell in love with the kids and community there. There truly aren’t more encouraging and genuinely kind people I know. They bring me so much joy and I still love visiting and attending their shows. They have my heart forever.
I spent a year living in Uptown and recently moved to Lakeview a few weeks ago. I’ve spent Wednesday nights singing karaoke, Tuesdays at Irish bars, Saturday morning eating delicious brunches, late night movies, evening jogs, and so much more.
I don’t know what the future holds at all. And I’m really okay with it. I would love to move to the west coast at some point, but right now I feel like Chicago is where I belong.
The reason I wrote this is because two years ago when I graduated I was really scared. (No one really tell you post-graduation is really tough) I had no idea what the future held. I wanted that dream job and to start working toward the degree I had gotten. It definitely didn’t happen.
Two years later, I’m not in that field, and I don’t long to be a reporter any more. I don’t know what my “dream job” is anymore. And I think that’s okay? But right now I’m enjoying working that day job - cause it’s got to be done- and doing improv and making theater by night/weekends.
The expectations you have for your life don’t always come true. And sometimes the reality is better.