Wow, this is something I don’t usually reflect on in my life. Usually, when I make mistakes, I learn from them and move on. Let’s see, 2 years ago, I landed my first big kid job as a Data Analyst and pretty much worked full time since then. I guess I’ve changed in the sense that you have to work hard to get what you want. In college, I worked hard in my classes and tried my very best but it doesn’t compare with what the “real world” brings. My friends and I had numerous discussions on where would we end up after college. The “real world” and being “big kids” that we talked about made us apprehensive but still confident that we could do anything that we want. In the 2 years that past, all my good friends that I grew up with live in Florida, New York City, Indiana and Philadelphia. I’m so happy for them and at the same time it made me realize, that we’ve all worked hard to get what we want. The real world is fun but at the same time challenging. Now, I have bills to pay, chores, helping my parents and other stuff that made me realize I’m officially an adult now. 2 years ago, I was just a kid doing my homework and made sure I passed. Now, it’s totally different. The 2 years have taught me that I’m growing up and start taking responsibilities. Another thing I thought of is that the 2 years have made realize you have to make time to do the stuff you want. In 2 years, I’ve worked over 4,000 hours. That’s a lot. It was the same routine for me. Get up, work 8 hours, come home, eat dinner, bed. The weekends, I’d either spend time for myself or make plans with someone. With the work schedule I have, I realized that I need to make time to spend with the people I love. Time is precious. I’m lucky enough to meet some great people in my work and spend time with them after work hours but I do miss my family and friends. Now that my friends live in different cities, I now make any time I can get to make sure I see them if they’re in town. Work does pull a significant amount of weight on me and I’m exhausted by the time work is over. But, I can’t let that get to me. Work is important but spending time with family and friends is invaluable. I’ve changed in the last 2 years to make sure that I can at least spend an hour of my time with a friend I haven’t seen in a while because it’s important to me. In college, I saw my friends every day and thought nothing of it. Now that I’m an adult, it’s hard getting that time with my friends and family. So, I make time for them. As a whole, I’ve changed in the sense that I’ve grown up tremendously and learned that time with my friends and family is very important.
Day 22: How have you changed the past 2 years?