I know, corny.
However, I've been thinking about it a lot lately. A lot of us get so wrapped up in deadlines, in exams, in the future that we forget to be happy in the now. There's a lot of pressure on us to do well. Whatever it is we're doing, we have to do it "better", harder, more successfully. We begin to push our favorite things aside in order to achieve these goals...but what about when we reach them? Will these achievements have lost their luster because of how we've changed in order to get them?
I used to psych myself out about exams, assignments, everything. I'd give myself so much anxiety that I'd become sick. I thought each exam defined me and my future career. Whenever I didn't do well my thoughts went to worst scenario. I've learned that everything really does work out, better than we thought, and we can't dwell on things we can't change. Life has a way of giving second, or third, chances and unfolding better than we could've planned. Each exam counts, each work project counts, it all counts...but not to the extent we make it in our minds. We have to learn from our mistakes and prep better; we can change the future, not the past. We have to be happy with our paths right now, with our persona right now, because if we aren't...reaching these goals will only bring temporary satisfaction.
So, I challenge myself, and anyone who bothers to read, this to find happiness NOW. Do what you love in the process of your career goals. I want to be a doctor more than anything in the entire world, it is my ultimate goal. Yet, I know that if I were to lose myself in the process I wouldn't be a great one. I have to keep ME in it.
Do what you love a little bit everyday. These spurts of happiness distract us and inspire us, reminding us that that audition, that project, that test, that presentation, that whatever-it-is that you must defeat is not standing in the way of your goals. Enjoy working for your goals, look at it as positive stress. Take your outside interests and let that culture flow into your career, bring in the creativity you've gained in experiences, travel, and hobbies. I love fashion, writing, cooking, running, conversations over coffee, nature. You may love reading, music, painting, animals...whatever keeps you sane, whatever lights that spark in you, whatever contributes to who you are, outside of the career that "defines" you, DO IT. Do it often, find happiness now, and encouragement to be your better self in the future.
Oh, and dress for the job you want ;)