So first, a small life update.
If you’re in the UK you may have heard of the upcoming lecture strikes at universities over pension changes. Well, I am one of those students who will be affected as a result, so looks like I’m going to have some extra time on my hands over the coming weeks as most of my lectures/seminars are cancelled. One good thing about this is that I have been able to read. Like actually read books that aren’t for my degree.
I find I get a lot of my blog post inspiration when I’m reading. In fact some of my most favourite posts have been inspired by a book or author I’ve recently discovered. And today’s post is no different!
Have you heard of the book You Are A Badass?
It has been on my list of “must reads” for a very long time and I finally got my hands on it last month. It was in Chapter 8 that the author Jen Sincero poses the question about gifts and how we all have a unique gift to bring to the world that I suddenly started to wonder what mine was. Coming to the point in my life where, at the time of writing this, I have 77 days left of university (and yes I am counting) and I’m suddenly realising I need to decide what I want to do next. I’ve been asking myself a lot about what my special gift is, what am I meant to do with my life?
I find in some way my thoughts always come back to this blog. In an ideal world I would be able to spend my days writing about what I love, but this isn’t really that world. I honestly will never know how so many bloggers out there managed to juggle a blog amongst their day to day life and to do it soooo successfully. Then again I think back to when this little space on the internet was ThePrintedParade and how I managed to build it so quickly from so little.
So what is my gift?
Well, according to Jen Sincero I shouldn’t get too caught up in the hype of having a specific calling in my life and I should just jump in and go with my gut – whatever that might be telling me! Just to go with whatever I feel is right, which is somewhat difficult when I don’t even have ideas! Ultimately, it seems I need to sort of go with my heart, to fill this post with more cliches, although I guess that’s what a gift tends to be. Someone that has a gift of being an incredible artist or musician must love what they do to pursue it. Equally, the gift doesn’t have to be a talent as such. I know many people who have gifts of kindness and compassion that I know will go on to use these gifts to great success!
I feel like having something unique about me is what I should use to help make my decisions for my future. I know I’m pretty cracking at talking, but not sure where that can take me…if anyone knows do let me know! It’s almost as if your own individual gift is intrinsically tied to your destined career, which I’m not sure how I feel about!
Have any of you had to face this dilemma, and how did you figure it out? Leave me a comment to let me know! All I know is rather than a gift I seem to have an addiction problem with tea! I currently have 29 different varieties sitting in my uni cupboard (Yes you read me right, 29…), in fact as I’m writing this I’m sipping on one of my newest additions to the collection: Creme Brûlée tea! It’s really rather delicious that one!
Well, I seem to have rambled enough today, have you read You Are A Badass or if you have any suggestions of more books do let me know!