2020 is approaching and an entire decade is leaving us. As we move into the next 10 years, it’s interesting to reflect on where we have been and where we want to go.
If my life were to be documented on a piece of paper, such as a resume, a lot of people would ask “what exactly do you do? What do you want?” The truth is, I can’t be defined by any of my past jobs or experiences- by trial and error, I have spent the past decade living in different cities, trying out different careers, and making a lot of mistakes along the way. I have struggled with my anxiety, alcohol use, and my mental health- but those aren’t things you would put on a resume.
Yesterday I was asked in a meeting what I was doing in Boston, despite my resume stating I am a writer and marketing consultant. I told him about some of the work I did, but I left out the part about moving to Boston after a 30 day trip to rehab. I didn’t list my “get well jobs.” I didn’t say Boston played an important role in my sobriety.
So, I continued to share my relevant experience with copywriting and boutique brands.
It’s a shame we can’t be transparent about who we are and what brought us to the point we’re at today. Truth be told, a major reason for me moving home to Michigan was to lean into the person I truly am, not the person I thought I needed to be on the outside to get by.
Although I struggled with finding my place in the world for so long, today I am no longer that person.
I am a writer. I am a survivor. I am a spiritual being who believes wholeheartedly on living a life of passion and purpose. I don’t define myself by what I have, or where I’ve been, but what I can contribute to the world.
As a creative, it’s often a challenge to live a conventional life. I used to try- oh, believe me, I tried. Repeatedly. However, each and every time, I was called to do what was in my heart- to write, to inspire, and to help others. Whether it’s in a big way or a small one, I know my struggles and my experiences can help other people. I’m confident I have lived a non-linear path for a reason.
The person I was yesterday does not define the person I will be tomorrow- and that goes for you, too.