Hooray! I graduated from college! I am now free to do whatever I want!!
—That’s what I really would want to say but unfortunately overthinking dominated over my own happiness. Because right after the day I graduated, I thought about the responsibilities that I’ll be facing in the future. One of those is living on my own, meaning, not relying on what my parents would give me because in my own concept; once I graduated in college, the responsibilities of my parents will stop there (in terms of financial aspect) and I’ll be on my own to figure out how to survive independently. It is also because I want my parents to enjoy their life with the money they worked so hard for many years.
A lot of people are asking me:
“Why did you apply for a job right after you graduated in college? You should take a rest from stress for at least a month!”
“Isn’t it too early for you to be working right away? You should enjoy your vacation!”
..and my number one answer is always:
“I have no MONEY and I need MONEY.”
Well um.. yes, I do enjoy staying at home and watching anime/K-dramas or reading mangas (I’m an otaku.) but I get bored doing these things repeatedly on a daily basis. It made me feel like a worthless freeloader in our house. It is always refreshing for me when I use my own money to buy the stuffs I want. I am very thankful to my parents for raising me to be independent and always be responsible for my actions.
I am just excited to know how the corporate wold really feels like. I wanted to experience more difficult things because I personally believe that everything is limitless. Every difficult task or situation we encounter, cultivates us to be the better version of ourselves.
I did not regret the decisions I made. Rather, I’m currently enjoying being an employee of a certain company in BGC. It is just so wonderful to meet new people who are far most incomparable to the people I met back in college. Everyone is so mature and they all have the sense of being responsible and as well as being passionate to their job. It just made me admire to be like them and also to inspire other people to do their best in their lives. It is not true when people would say that real life starts in college. It’s because, for me, college is just a foundation to make you ready physically, emotionally and socially capable of handling different situations that you’ll be facing off in the corporate world.
If someone would ask how is it working in the corporate world, I would say it is more challenging and more stressful than in college and the only way to make it less is to enjoy. Enjoy everything. Socialize with your office mates.
As what my partner in the office always told me on the first week of my job, “Chill ka lang. Wag mo iuuwi yung trabaho.” Learn to separate work from personal life. Everything that is work related stuffs should stay in the office only. I like it how my office mates motivate themselves to be optimistic on their work. Some of them wrote inspirational quotes in their notes for them to feel motivated whenever they feel stressed on their job. I like it how our team leader push his members to think deeply and concisely into a situation related to our job. He also encourage us to embrace the responsibility of our job.
Everyone’s not the same.
Not all people would like you. Not all people would appreciate what you do. Not all people would want you to become their companion. Not all people would hear you out. But you know what? The only advice that I could share is to be humble and do your best to every hurdle you’ll be encountering. Greet everyone. Even though they hate you with or without any reasons, greet them. Always remember that being optimistic would bring you to a good way of life. Well, I was supposed to say “success” but nope. Being positive only would not bring you to success. Basically being successful in life would require a mixtures of skills, attitude and sometimes sacrifices. But if you have faith on what you’re doing, you’ll definitely achieve it.