When I was in my senior year of college, I had three jobs, an internship, was enrolled in 16 credits, and still had to find time to work out, meal prep, eat, do homework, and find time to sleep.
I couldn’t wait to graduate.
My vision of post-grad life: Only working ONE job, and then I would have several hours every day to do WHATEVER I WANTED. I could finally excel and perfect my hobbies and talents because I would have the TIME.
Man, I was so so wrong.
Sometimes I go home absolutely exhausted and wonder WTF I did to make me want to fall asleep the second I got home. I question why I was able to juggle so many things and be away from home for 12 hours a day in college, but now I can barely get through an 8 or 10 hour day doing ONE JOB.
The answer is simple: adulting.
When I was in college, I was living with nine other people. Chores were divided amongst all of us. My parents were paying my rent, paying for my car, groceries, etc.
Now that I am doing this thing called life all by myself… I don’t wanna adult anymore.
This s**t is hard. It’s a trap!
The time I thought I was going to have… LOL.
That “free time” after work is taken up by chores (living by myself means I have to do everything), finding time to cook, meal prep, and grocery shop, go to doctor’s appointments, get my car fixed, pay bills, etc.
Now, I don’t know about you, but personally, working full-time is a lot more laborious than I thought… particularly with my job.
Going back to questioning why I could handle so much just several months ago in college, but now I am amazingly pooped, my mom gave me an answer that made me feel better about myself.
She said, “Well all the things you did in college involved sitting down. Being in class, working on campus, interning in front of a computer, doing homework. Everything. It might have been mentally taxing, but you probably still had energy at the end of the day because you didn’t really do anything physical. Now with your job, you’re out and about all the time, carrying heavy equipment, running around from scene to scene interviewing people and recording footage, and you’re always stressed because of the industry you work in. So not only are you mentally exhausted, but physically as well.”
Mom always has a logical explanation for everything.
But my point is, regardless of my job, this applies to all post-grads. The time you THINK you are going to have, throw it out the window.
All the hobbies, extra-curriculars and talents you wanted to spend more time on, you won’t have as much time as you think. Life happens. Things get in the way. You make new friends, go on new adventures, pick up new responsibilities, and so forth.
Before I graduated, I found a lot more time to do the things I love. Pole. Sing. Dance. Stretch. Craft. Read. Write. Hike. Learn new things. Everything.
Now, I find it hard to get stuff done because I am just too dang tired after work.
Things I want to do?
Learn a new language (I bought Rosetta Stone thinking I would have time… Lol)
Volunteer at the animal shelter
Get better at pole
Get bendier by stretching more
Read all the books I have stacked up on my bookshelf
Take singing lessons
Take road trips
Things I have time for:
Work. Sleep. Eat. Repeat.
And that’s all she wrote…