For as long as I can remember, creativity has been the foundation of every hobby and favoured pastime I have had. I thrived in imagination, whether it was music, theatre, drama, reading—even playing make believe. I loved all of it, every moment on stage, every song sung, every new piece played, every page and chapter….
In times of transformation, like shifting from the identity of ‘student’ to ‘graduate,’ it can be hard to allow ourselves a moment to pause. Add in the constant lens of social media, which shows us only the highlights of our peers and friends’ lives, we’ve been conditioned to feel like if we’re not working perfectly to plan, then we must be falling behind.
Getting a High Distinction on an assessment won’t pay for dinner, but at the same time, you still want to do well in your studies. So, where do you draw the line between studying and work? And how can you put uni first while trying to earn a living? If you’re set on studying and need to make a living, then neither of these things is something you can just ‘give up’ on. You need both to survive.
Keeping up with the trends in your creative industry and understanding them can be stressful. I know at times I’ve felt that the consumption of my creative mediums has felt more like a chore rather than fun. I asked myself: How can a writer balance the need to read and be influenced by the greats while keeping afloat in the constantly shifting landscape of ever-readily available content fed to us every day?
Having held myself back for years with low expectations, I realised that my unwillingness to try new things was dragging me down. After barely making it through high school, I thought I would never make it through anything. Nevertheless, I decided to enroll in university to shake myself up and hopefully challenge my self-doubt. During the…
“Stop comparing yourself to others.” It’s easier said than done, right? I know I am guilty of this quality but as Franklin Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy” and comparing your own talents to someone else’s will ultimately self-sabotage your own. When you begin to compete with yourself you essentially begin to drown out the success of others. Instead of focusing on what age so and so published their first novel, you shift the focus to, if I focus on this manuscript and set myself a deadline, I could look at publishing this soon. By doing this you ultimately develop an action plan to mapping out your success.
When I finished high school, I went straight to university. I was excited by the prospect of pursuing my dreams and stepping into adulthood. I felt I was more than prepared for this next chapter of my life. I find it funny to look back on now: the hopeful young woman who thought she was…
Sometimes with our dreams and passions, we begin to map out a path that leads us to success. Sometimes we chase the dream but lose sight of the path because we keep hitting the same roadblocks. For me, following the same route of auditioning at these prestigious schools was my roadblock. Every time I was rejected, I believed I had failed my dream, but I hadn’t. I’d just inadvertently taken the same path three years in a row.
I don’t like to generalise, but I imagine that there are a few questions that almost all twenty-something-year-olds fear. Do you have a partner? Do you still live at home? Did you go to university? And of course, the dreaded…What do you do for work? For the lucky ones that managed to glide straight from…