Life operates in cycles. Sometimes for whatever reasons you just find yourself in a slumpy place and eventually you have to come out of it. (Allie Brosh can describe it all in a much more amusing way than I will here. With illustrations. She’s amazing. I bow.)
Anyway! The other week I checked in on my progress with New Year’s resolutions, and my marks weren’t terribly high. But, no offense meant to the minds behind the Gregorian and Roman calendars, January 1st is rather arbitrary.
Two years and one day ago today the world didn’t end and Penny and I graduated from college. Without any concrete plans, I decided to defer my acceptance to a screenwriting program with the hopes of finding a fulfilling job before getting trapped in the grad school debt vortex.
Since then I:
- Was unemployed for a month and a half and lost my mind
- Worked as a hoity-toity golf club bartender
- Quit bartending to take an internship at a fancypants Store
- Left that internship for an entry-level dream job
- Officially declined the screenwriting MFA program
- Moved out of my parent’s house
- Ended a mostly dysfunctional relationship
- Co-founded this blog which has done more for my sanity than any amount of collegiate counseling center talk therapy ever could.
- Moved again (No Craigslist roommates from Hades! Woo!)
- Entered a mostly functional relationship that brings me great happiness
- Repaid loan debts to the Federal Parent Union
I could write more often. I could take on more projects. I could eat more healthily. I could try to work up to a half marathon. I could be the kind of responsible adult who throws out underwear when there is a hole in it and buys a new pair. But I can also recognize the great things going on.
Tonight I’m going to the crew wrap party for the second feature film I’ve been a part of since graduation. Maybe I’m not doing all that I can by New Year’s resolution standards to ensure the longevity of my mental and physical health, but it’s important to remember how good I’ve got it and how grateful I am.
And to end on the cheesiest of notes: