So I read an article not so long ago about reinventing yourself…
In my current state of unemployment (which I’m sure many graduates in my position are experiencing), I’ve had ample time to think myself into circles about life, careers, money and all that wonderful ‘grown-up stuff,’ and I’ve realised this is not the first time I’ve gone through this process of ‘reinvention.’
The last time, as far as I remember was sometime in my second year at University. I literally sat down at my desk one day and drew up a list of the qualities I wanted to have as I moved forward in my life. Eg. Financial independence, emotional intelligence etc etc…. Not so long ago I found that list, and again noticed, almost two years on I’ve achieved all those things. I am happy, I am now the person I wanted to be then.
At this new juncture, the time has come again. It’s time for a new list, the next layer of my foundation. Personal development is like building a home…
Step 1 - Childhood and Adolescence.
This is where the digging begins. You have problem upon problem, disagreements with parents, issues at school, awkward teenage years we’d all rather forget. (I’m currently trying to amass and destroy all photographic evidence of my mono-brow). The most important part of this process is values, more often than not these are the results of your mistakes. Then from all this you’re thrown into the first stages of adult life, where more digging happens! (FUN FUN!) You cry and scream, pull yourself together and move the shit on.
Step 2 - Early Adulthood.
This is the point I’m at right now. I’ve gone through the digging and have begun laying the foundations for my life. This is where the values you set yourself in your earlier stage come into play. This is where you really ask yourself “WHAT do YOU WANT?”
And I have no idea what comes next. But I’ll be sure to share once I find out. Time to write a new list.