Collect Moments, Not Things
I’m on spring break this week and have some downtime, so I wanted to get back into my blog since it’s been a while. As I’m making my way to the end of year one of grad school, I’m feeling good about my where my life is now. I have to make decisions soon that will likely lead to certain jobs after I graduate next year. Needless to say, I’m having a hard time with my choice. I know that whatever happens, I’ll find a way to get a job that I like and will hopefully be back in New York.
As I’m considering job paths in higher ed, I try not to focus on salary, but instead on what will make me happy. This is hard to purely do, as I want to live in an expensive city and be able to enjoy myself. As I’m making decisions for my career, I’m trying to follow my heart and trust my instincts, which is all I’ve ever really done in the past.
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I love posting inspiring quotes and lyrics. The title of this entry speaks to how I’m trying to live my life. Finding a balance between having money to enjoy your life with, and doing things that make you happy is difficult. My past work experiences and people I’ve known have taught me to keep good people in my life who I can ‘collect moments’ with so to speak, and not to worry about making a lot of money to ‘collect things’.
I’ve always been an honest person, and I surround myself with people who are the same. I think not being afraid to say what you think and feel, and living with the consequences of your choices is so important. It’s the only way to take chances and find your passion. Once you do that, and really find your calling, you’ll be happy. I make friends this way too. Anyone I trust in my life is the same way. Forming relationships with brave people has been an important part of becoming my own person.
I’ve had a small obsession with Jay-Z music lately and found meaning in this quote. Not only does it remind me to trust my instincts in my career choices, but in all aspects of my life.
No compass comes with this life
So to map it out
You must look inside
Sure books can guide you
But your heart defines you
This quote is about being your own person, and looking within to make decisions about your life. When something doesn’t go as planned—which, inevitably, will happen— remember to let your heart define your life and never regret anything you do because of it. We don’t know where life will take us, but being brave and taking chances are the only ways to discover your passions and go after your dreams.
Take time to enjoy life and create memories that you can be happy with. Collecting moments and not things means enjoying what you have and who you have in your life.