By: Shea Harris
In a little over a month I’ll be twentyfine. It’s been two years since I walked across the stage and I’m still as shocked as some family members. I swear time has flown by, it feels like I was just putting on my cheerleading uniform to cheer for a Friday night football game. The past few weeks I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting on my life and can’t help but to think that I might be in a little over my head. I feel like I jumped into the young professional life too quick. Just thinking of all the places I could have gone, things I could be doing and experiencing, I’m just a bit disappointed in being an employee at the moment.
I was in such a rush to become an adult, I’m struggling at an all time high to continue being one. Go to college they said. Get a job they said. Be an adult they said. They lied bruh. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful for my education (and the thousands of dollars of debt I’m in) but I should’ve re-thought this whole adulting thing. I’ve literally been working since I was 16 years old and I clare that’s all I know. In order for me to walk across the stage on graduation day, I had to use a floating holiday. I didn’t go on a “graduation vacation”, or whatever you call it, I went to work the entire week after graduating. I didn’t go on vacation until the 4th of July.
I honestly feel that I’m in this weird space and really tired of being an adult. I’ve been in my industry for a little over 2 years and it’s bit overwhelming. Maybe it’s because I’m a millennial, the fact I’m lazy or simply because I want to live my life! At times I feel a bit held back due to working a full time job and not making time to actually live my life to the fullest. My family and friends always say Shea you’re never home, but if I had more paid time off, I really would never be in Miami. There are so many places I want to travel to, so many people to visit and so many experiences to well…experience!
Now if you take a look at my resume, I’m doing pretty well for myself. Yeah I have a full time job in my industry, get a paycheck, live in Miami and blah blah blah, BUT I haven’t visited all the places I want to visit. Y’all remember that book Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss? Bruh, how can I go places and I’m sitting in this cubicle 40 hours a week? How can I go places and I have to pay to live? How can I…okay you get the point. Let’s just say I wish I would’ve taken my time to jump into this adulthood. If you’re still in college or applying for jobs, I suggest to take your time. Travel to different places, enjoy your vacation, take advantage of living with your parents, take advantage of being in college. Once you walk across that stage and decide to jump into the real world, it’s no turning back.
Do any of y’all share the same sentiments as me or nah? Let me know below. 🙂