Thursday, 9 October 2014

A Lesson From Kev...

Photo Credit Derek

This is a bit of a random post but I've been going through a bit of a self reflection recently and after watching Derek again on Netflix this quote really stuck with me. So I thought it might be helpful for some of you to share what I've learned. 

As some of you may know I'm 28, I'm a single mum, a law student and I work in recruitment... Yep I'm a busy gal! But I haven't always been those things. Rewind ten years and I was working in pub management, no children, living away from home, thinking a career in pubs was what I wanted. Fast forward 3 years and I was working in my first recruitment job, no children, living in a lovely house and earning good money. Fast forward another year or so and I was 8mths pregnant and getting a 2 buses and doing 4 hours a day commuting to work in customer care.. A few years on from that back to recruitment, a toddler and a college course so I could get onto my law degree... Basically what I'm saying is things have changed a lot over ten years. 

Some of the changes have been unplanned, some have been my choice both good and bad, others have been completely out of my control like family illness and the credit crunch but the thing is... Despite all these changes, despite all the good and bad.. I am still here. My goals are different, my priorities are different but I'm still here.. Plugging away for a better future for me and my son. 

I've recently come to realise that it is unlikely that I'm going to be able to pursue a career in law after I finish my degree, training contracts (the vocational part of training to be a solicitor) are hard to come by and I can't afford to self fund the Legal Practice Course (next step after a degree to become a solicitor before the Training Contract) and you know what I'm OK with it. There aren't that many people who end up doing the jobs they thought they would and I'm going to be one of many.

But here's the thing I'm holding on to and the thing that you should too.. it's OK. It's OK that life doesn't always take you the way you planned, it's OK that things change, it's OK that you change and you decide something else is a better option for you.... so long as.... you NEVER GIVE UP.

The most important life lesson I have learned at the tender age of 28 is that life is too short. The important thing is finding what you're good at and what makes you happy and never to stop striving for that. So what I'm not going to be a hot shot lawyer... I know that whatever I do end up doing I'll be the best I can be at it because that is the important thing... trying! I'm not a failure because I won't end up qualifying to be a solicitor, but I would have been a failure if 4 years ago I didn't give up a well paid job to try to get there.

Life isn't about being the best or trying to be someone else or even trying to fulfill the dreams other people have for you... its about being YOUR Best... being YOURSELF and trying to fulfill YOUR dreams.... ultimately its about YOU...people change... circumstances change and you know what that's OK.





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