Thursday, October 22, 2015
I don't want to wear sleeves
Are you ready for a "brief" rant about professionalism and following your dreams? Shit is about to get heavy over here.
The best part is at the end. It all comes together, trust me! If you can't make it to the end, just go here.
First up: Professionalism
I say that I am too free spirited for an old fashioned office environment. What that really means: I am too opinionated and strange to be put into a box that determines what is and what is not professional. It is absolutely ridiculous to me, that there are still people who feel that "unnatural" colored hair, sleeveless shirts, and tattoos inherently make a person unprofessional. I want to live and work in a world where I can look however I please, wear cat t-shirts, and still have an amazing career.
Gone are the days where I dress up in some random outfit that I will never wear again for a job interview. I'm just done. I don't want to pretend to be someone/something I'm not. I just am who I am. If you don't like me, let's figure it out up front.
This leads nicely, I feel, into my next topic: Following Your Dreams
I also don't think it is crazy to say, that at one time or another, we have all done what was expected of us, rather than what we truly wanted to do. Maybe you didn't want to go to college, perhaps you wanted to travel and live a little before choosing an educational path, but ultimately decided against it because you thought people would judge you. Maybe you wanted to quit your job and focus on your passion, and a lot of doubters had you questioning yourself.
I have clearly had my share of experiences when it comes to my career, good and bad, but all of them educational. There really just isn't enough time in this life to cover all of the things that I have learned. And why should we? Why discuss all that nonsense when we can just talk about that one big thing, that one glaring thing that I just can't escape from, no matter what the job is. You know what I mean, like when your teachers all wrote that you talk too much on your school progress reports. Whatever man, it is what it is. This is who I am as a person, it doesn't matter how many times you punish me. I'm still going to find a way to get in trouble for speaking.
The number one thing that all of these jobs taught me was that I need flexibility. Deadlines are fine, tasks are great, but I need to be able to work on my own terms. I need to do things my own way, in my own time, and from where I want. Some days I will work all day long and never leave the office, and other days I don't want to turn my computer on, and I need someone to be okay with that. I absolutely need freedom to be myself and to live my life. Being tied down, the expectations of punching a clock, it all gives me horrible anxiety.
All of these reasons are exactly why I live in an Airstream. But even more than that, and probably way more relatable, these are the reasons why I decided to take Helene's new Quit Your Job To Blog E-course! You aren't going to find a boss that likes you better then you like yourself! And as long as your husband is down with cat t-shirts, you can wear whatever you want to the office in your house.
If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that you are a blogger too. Please don't miss this opportunity to do something that you really want to do. Screw the haters and follow your own dreams. They can do what they want to do, instead of expecting you to do it.