20something profile: Christian
This post was written by Christian, who shares her strategy guide for being in your twenties:
Start in a Position of Power
Congratulations! You’re poised for some self-discovery. Maybe you got the right grades. You probably got into a great school. Maybe you’ve embarked on starting your own business or beginning your dream career. Yay, accomplishments!
No one’s capable of messing up without something to ruin. Rev your engines at the starting line. Right now it’s all sunshine and a course paved in translucent rainbows. Be equipped with optimism, energy, and a competitive spirit. You’ll need it.
And so, your journey to the podium starts.
Swerve Off the Initial Path
Reality check: there’s going to come a point where you’re thrown off-track, even if you manage to dodge some threats. No one has a manual that tells you how to deal with banana peels on your path to excellence. Some of these come in the form of financial hardship, a new relationship, a breakup, academic decisions, choices that disappoint family members, the realization that the things you cared about are no longer what matter to you…the list goes on.
Frustration breeds madness, and you’re sure to encounter a lot of it. You’ll spin from first, to third, to fourth place. Cue the risky decisions.
Do you take the road less traveled?
Should your game plan be put on hold?
There’s still a couple of laps left. Sink or swim.
You may not have come in at last place, but you certainly haven’t won. This world doesn’t give medals for fifth place. No one rewards people for just trying. Dream on.
It is not impossible to do stuff the way you’re supposed to and still lose. Erase whatever you believed about the way success is supposed to happen.
Wear those battle scars with pride. Remember, slow motion is better than no motion. Get a move-on! You could stop right here and be a sore loser, or get back in action. Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Learn from your setbacks. Tack some annotations on your existing wisdom with the lessons learned. These are your most potent weapons. Try harder and play smarter. Don’t be afraid to throw some power-ups at the competition along the way. You aren’t blessed with that Koopa Troopa Shell to do nothing with it.
Damn, you can learn an awful lot about adulthood from playing a couple rounds of Mario Kart.
**Christian Branch, of carbscoffeechaos.com, was under the influence of coffee and a marmalade slathered bagel when she wrote this. She’s used at least seven of her nine lives on her own quest for who she wants to be. She blogs about it sometimes.