Thoughts of an average Joe

riding life like the roller-coaster is it

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Do you ever just wake up and think to yourself “Do I have to adult today?”.

I do, at least once a week. I crawl out of bed even though all I want is to go back to sleep and dream away my morning. Your parents try to warn you as a child not to grow up to fast and we fight them every step of the way. Trying to be adults when we are teenagers and then all of a sudden your in your mid twenties wondering where the hell all those years went? Juggling your wage to make sure you have enough money to pay your rent and bills and hoping you have enough left over to have some kind of social life.

I wont lie, I miss the days where all I had to worry about was whether my parents would let me go to the party or not. But there is no escaping growing up, you just learn to embrace it and hope that all your parents taught and all you learnt in school will somehow be be relevant when you step out into the world on your own.

I am a big worrier, I worry about stress before there is even stress to stress about! I have found recently that yoga plays a big part in calming my mind and focusing on one thing at a time.

As a kid I grew up wanting to be a lawyer. I worked hard in school (a bit of an over-achiever I’ll admit), I had a dream and I had my focus and I wasn’t stopping until I reached my goal – or so I thought.

I finished my HSC and was completely devastated when I got my marks back; my marks weren’t high enough to get into law. I cried, I think that was my first tough lesson in life.

A few weeks later I received a letter, offering me a spot at college doing my Diploma in Business – it was a second chance. So I took it, I went to college for 12 months and continued on at university studying Property Valuation for 2 years.

After I graduated I was looking for work in the industry which proved harder than expected. I ended up working in Real Estate as a Property Officer – not quite what I was after but if I had learnt anything by this point in life it was that everything is an opportunity and I was not going to walk away from this one.

4 years later and I am now a Property Manager looking to once again further my skills and career. I am faced with more decisions than ever, where to live, where to work, what path to take.

Change scares the crap out of me; What if I don’t like what I do? What if I move and I hate the area? What if I work for a different company and I don’t get along with the people there?

Questions I am sure that we have all asked ourselves several times in our life time. The truth is, you never know where like will take you. Some decisions will be good ones, they will be life changing and exiting. Others will be terrible, traumatic and truly a lesson learnt.

But I suppose that is the point; you live and you learn and you take the good with the bad. It has taken me most of my life to realise that I don’t need to be perfect, I just need to be me.

The things I want in life I will get by believing in myself, working hard and truly embracing what life throws my way. I am also lucky enough to have a great support system – a loving partner and family who encourage me every step of the way.

I am just one person in the world, trying to make a living. I am your average Joe, working hard to build myself a future that I can be proud of.

So if you are like me, just an average Joe trying to make it in this world, remember that you are strong, you are worth it and no matter what you can achieve whatever goals you set for yourself.

You only get out of life what you put into it, so everyday wake up ready to take on whatever is coming your way.

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