Do you ever have those times in your life where you just don't know how your life has gotten so insane and out of control?
I have to say, that's exactly how my life has felt as of late, almost as if I'm a runaway train careening down a mountain at breakneck speeds. But maybe that isn't the right metaphor... I don't know. Things are busy. It's hard. I'm stressed out, and tired. I thought being done with the marathon would help slow me own, but school and work picked that exact moment to get much, much harder. Working out, even short, restorative workouts has become nonexistent. I haven't gotten home at my normal time in 2 weeks. It's a time of testing and reckoning for me, a time when I have to woman up and decide what I'm made of.
Mostly, it's a time when I'm doubting if all of these sacrifices that I have made to pursue a career in Accounting are worth it. I see my friends who are still on the Property Management track flourishing. They are getting ready for some continuing education, but nothing like what I have been working on for the past 3 years. While they all enjoyed a nice bump in salary at the beginning of the year, I took a chance, and a cost of living raise to switch departments and get some real world experience in Accounting. Most of the time, I'm really glad I made that decision. I have had so many good opportunities since I accepted my position, and I work with some incredibly talented Accounting and Finance people. However, I took on some really challenging things when I accepted me position as well, things like personality conflicts, and not feelings of not being valued. Feelings of intense overwhelm, and instability in my position, as it completely morphs into something new every time I blink. A complete lack of recognition for the fact that I attempt to take all of the changes and challenges in stride, and that most of the time, I succeed.
On top of all of that, is school, and struggles there. This semester has been very labor-intensive for me, for classes that I really could not care less about. They're classes that I only found out I had to take in the spring, so that I could transfer in January, and so often I'm tempted to just blow them off, put in less than average effort, but in the end I don't, because that isn't authentic to who I am becoming as a person, and what my ultimate goals are. Accountants are diligent, detail-oriented people who look for every lost penny. Accounting students don't blow off their Marketing class (at least, in my world the good ones don't), because they think it's stupid and a waste of time, they try to find the value in the class, and get what they can out of it, even if it's just some clarity on how departments set their pricing and sales objectives, which ultimately drive budgets, or how they are justifying costs in relation to profits.
I want to squeeze all I can out of this time in my life, school and work-wise, because I have a clear picture of where I want my career to go... Internships, and then being recruited by one of the top financial firms, working there while I earn my CPA designation, and then eventually taking a post with a company that has an outstanding culture, like a running shoe manufacturer, or any company in the outdoor/sporting goods manufacturing and retailing business really. It's the culmination of everything that I have studied in my adult life... health, wellness, exercise, and Accounting. I know your minds are all blown right now, that I have such a clear target, but without it, I probably would have given up a long time ago. This path that I am on is really, really challenging. It makes me uncomfortable on a daily basis. Yet, it seems as though that is exactly how I should know that it's the right path, isn't it? That it's hard? That I still somehow convince myself each day to keep trying, and to keep striving?