If you know me, you know this is a big topic of discussion for me. Growing up is weird. It just is. We spend all of our time being told we are too young, too young to watch that movie, too young to drive, to drink, to rent a hotel room, to sign papers for ourselves, to make decisions, and then somehow in between learning to drive, signing up for college classes and buying some of your own groceries (mostly chips, beer, and ramen) BAM - you’re a grown up. I don't feel like a grown up, I feel like I missed the class sign up and I’ll just float around for the rest of my life laughing at funny words and thinking that Advil are full of little men dressed as fire fighters running through your body to the hurt parts. I think that its okay though, I like the “you're weird but amusing” face my husband makes when I tell him the imaginative child like ideas I often have.
We are in Charolette this week, on a business trip for my husband. We were sitting at a cafe and all of these young professionals go buzzing by, wearing their black pants, tucked in shirts, blazers, carrying briefcases, I leaned over to Ben and said, “Wow, look at all these grown ups!” He laughed and shook his head at me, probably wondering if I would ever actually consider myself in the category of grown up. I may not ever feel like a grown up, but that doesn't mean I don’t consider myself a young professional. I think a young professional can come in lots of different shapes, sizes, and types of pants. I’m the jeans wearing, hair in a bun, climbing into a tree because it is the best angle for this shot type of young professional. I trade dress shoes for chaos and a briefcase for a camera case, but beyond the ensemble, I’m not too different from these “grow ups”. I am so incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to do what I love to do everyday. I don’t have to look like a “grown up” to be a professional, I am able to do what I am passionate about and goodness gracious that is a blessing. I am amazed at the different ways God has blessed everyone, with unique talents and hopes and dreams. I encourage everyone to find a way to fit your passion into a profession! Sometimes that means really hard work everyday, it means waiting to see results, it can mean putting in more than you feel like you are getting out, but in the long run you will have so much more than a job, you’ll have a career that you love!
No matter if you wear heels or flip flops, oxfords or t-shirts, do your thing, have fun, make your passion work for you!
Also don’t grow up, because its boring and you have to sign lots of papers and think about things a lot and spend money on a stupid washer because yours broke, even though you would rather go to Disney World. ;)