I realized as I was walking into work today, after a long “winter break,” that I don’t feel like an 8-5 working girl. I guess that’s technically what I am. But I feel more like a college girl who happens to work. A lot. I don’t go to class, I don’t have homework, yet I don’t feel like my job defines my life as much as I expected it to. I guess, in a way, this is a good thing.
I still have the friends I’ve had, I still have the family I love, I still have the interests, the hobbies, etc. I still want a piano and want to improve my skill. And, I’ve even taken up new hobbies to replace the time I used to spend studying. So basically, I get to have the same friends, live in an awesome city, enjoy my supportive family, a steady income, and an endless bucket of things I can learn to do, and improve upon. The only price I pay is plugging away eight hours a day.
And who cares about those eight hours anyway? Each morning I get up early and feel like I am using my day wisely. I pick an outfit from my ever-growing cute work wardrobe. I make my lunch and drive to work with the other rushhour-ers and listen to my favorite radio station. The morning isn’t so bad–the city looks pretty when the sun is coming up.
And during the day? Well, I’ve become pretty close with everyone in my office. I’m getting good at my job and impressing people from time to time. I love the university that I work for, and its mission. I run all my errands on my lunch hour. I’ve even set up my office space to be cozy, just the way I like it. It’s not bad at all.
And after work I drive home with the other rushhour-ers, and how I LOVE throwing on comfy clothes, or meeting up with friends, or snuggling (or reading or crossword-puzzling) with my boyfriend, or cooking, or catching up on some crafty to-dos. I enjoy these things so much more now that I’m not constantly pressured with deadlines.
Don’t get me wrong–I like routine, but it gets a bit old. I look forward to the possibility of grad school to shake things up a bit. We’ll see. But for now, I’m okay being a college girl with job.