Enjoying the Process
Field Trip: Notes
A life update:
Almost two weeks ago I moved out of my parents house in my hometown to a studio flat in a place I’d never visited before. At 23 years old, I own just a few pieces of furniture, I know one person here, it’s all very new and unfamiliar but I’m loving every minute of it. This move has made me think about the parts of peoples stories that are often glossed over, the in-between phases of life where you don’t really have what you want, but you’re well on your way.
Whatever industry you’re in, it’s so easy to find people who are are established and successful, or at least look to be. We’re constantly exposed to people at their peak and forget to acknowledge the process it took them to get there. Our lack of consideration only results in us making assumptions about people we dont know and holding ourselves to unrealistic standards.
There’s great power in finding comfort wherever you’re at, in whatever phase of life you’re in, because we’re never really satisfied. We set goals and achieve them just to feel an underwhelming sense of fulfilment; so we set new goals, thinking once we have the next thing we’ll feel accomplished. We continually look ahead without taking a minute to appreciate where we are.
Owning fewer things and having fewer people around me has forced a new appreciation for my possessions and the people in my life. It’s also made me acknowledge years of hard work that I fail to give myself credit for, and I know you, reading, probably forget to do that too.
Life doesn’t happen on a linear incline, so while we have things we’ve wanted for so long, we had better appreciate them. My flat is rough around the edges and far from the dream but it’s something I’ve longed for and is everything I need. One day this space will be one of many in a list of places i’ve lived. I’ll skim over the details, I’ll forget how it felt to be here. So I want to document this time, and enjoy the process of building slowly and intentionally.
If you haven’t done so lately, take a second to acknowledge how far you’ve come and what you have. The prospect of whats to come is exciting, but so is where you’re at right now.