Have you every experienced that moment in your life where you hit a fork in the road and you just come to a complete halt? You look down both directions and you know that as soon as you set your foot down and start in a direction there is no turning back and your life is about to be forever changed. And so you stand there with this internal battle going on inside your mind, left or right? Left or right? You can see that the fork that goes to the left has another fork down the road that is equally as important as the first decision to go left or right. Then you look to the right and you see a straight path for as far as your eye can see, no variation, it's the "safe, comfortable" path, but it's also the path you have been on for a while that you hate. What do you do?
Well, I've hit that point in my life. My sister likes to call it our quarter life crisis, which I'm ok with since that means I get to live to be 92, which is just fine by me! But I have NO IDEA what to do, well take that back, I think I know but I am terrified of it. As many of you know, I graduated in '09 with a degree in Interior and Environmental Design, probably one of the worst degrees to come out into the world with, considering the state of the economy. But I was hopeful that I would find that AMAZING job I had dreamt up in my head. Who wouldn't want to hire an energetic, skilled, enthusiastic and passionate Interior Designer? Boy was I wrong! My life became just like the Movie/Book Post Grad, well minus Mr. Rico Sauve living across the street and the really good guy friend that professes his love - still waiting for that guy, but I digress... Finally I landed the job that I have today, I was beyond excited! Just a contract job with the strong possibility of being hired on if you impressed the boss. I had many good indications and hints to becoming a "real" employee but to no avail. It's ended up being nothing like I thought it would be, and I've pushed through 2 years, because there aren't design jobs out there.
My parents and I have really been discussing it lately and finally my Dad told me I have two options last night. I value my parent's opinions ALOT, in fact sometimes my sister's think I value them a little too much, oh well... So the two options, hence the fork in the road for me. If I go right, I stay at my current job and just make the best of it until the economy loosens up a little bit more and I can find the design job of my dreams. And, as my Dad put it, try to find fulfillment in other areas of my life. Which I have done by being involved in: Triathlons/Triathlon Team, Archi-treasures, Culture of Life Board, PHD (Preservation of Human Dignity), World Youth Day, Book Club, etc. Or... I can go left, left means a leap of faith. Taking a huge risk and hoping for the best. It also means, going back to school. If I got left and start down that path, I am immediately faced with another fork in the road... Do I go for my Masters Degree in an Interior Design related field or do I completely switch career paths and major in something else?
These are big decisions for me, and maybe you don't agree or it seems pretty clear to you what I should do. If so let me know! But until a decision is made, you can be sure that I am cranking out long runs to think through all the options in my head!