I was unemployed for two years (not counting the temporary work I did now and then) and this is what it taught me.
Being unemployed, well some may say that is a recipe for a miserable and depressing life. I guess it depends on your perspective. In hindsight, the best part about low points in life is that the only way is up. In a way these low points are the best for personal growth, it teaches you to persevere, to think outside the box and more importantly it teaches you to be persistent and never give up (that’s what it’s taught me anyway).
The harder you work the more you will be rewarded. It may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow, it may not even be a week or months from now. Then again, nothing worth having is easy, as cliche as that sounds. There is light at the end of the tunnel, I assure you.
I’ve learnt, if things are handed down to you, it doesn’t help with self growth as you begin to take things for granted. Besides it’s not a competition just because you know someone who had it easy does not mean their life is perfect. Everyone fights their own battles.
The world is your oyster. Life is not a race and if you think it is, remember that you are the only competitor, so the race is against yourself and you have to make the effort to win. You have to train and sure you may fall but in the end you will win. I believe that, you have to believe in yourself. It’s the most important thing you may ever do.
Take it one step at a time and never give up. My unemployment phase came to an end but before that I received 200 job rejections and that’s from people that actually had the decency to respond to my applications/emails. I guess the message here is that if you want something, you have to keep trying until you get it, don’t give up on your dream. I believe that people have their own dreams for a reason and it’s so easy to give up and walk away but imagine the feeling you get when you succeed and get what you’ve always dreamed of, wouldn’t it be worth it?
I am far from where I want to be career wise, love wise and just in terms of how I saw my life to be at my age and some days I’m on the verge of giving up and settling but I remind myself that I didn’t come this far to just settle for mediocre. There are so many mediocre things in this world, your life should not be one of them. Make your life count for something and it will be wonderful :).
I would love to hear about similar situations and what it taught you. Please comment below 🙂 x