I worked 60 hours this week. It was exhausting and rewarding. I'm learning after graduation that in "the real world" you make your own destiny. For the first 18 years of your life, you are legally required to go to school. Socially, you are pressured to go. Once you graduate high school, the legal requirements are gone, but some of the social pressures remain. After getting that coveted Bachelors degree (in my case, a Bachelors of Business Administration from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.. WHOOP!) the pressure suddenly goes away...
NO ONE FORCES YOU TO DO ANYTHING!!
So what do I do? I work two jobs and have no life. Because (1) my husband hasn't gotten that coveted degree yet and (2) no one is hiring. My DVR is filling up with Hell's Kitchen, SYTYCD and old reruns of Sex and the City. I'm watching Friends with a friend, because we just realized we missed out on that social phenomenon. Bad TV, working my ass off, and getting home just in time to sleep for an hour before doing it all over again.
I'm exhausted. I'm beat up. I may possibly be going insane... but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love coming home after 12 hours of work and not even having the energy to make it to my bed. So to all of you adults out there, I have arrived! I am here to enjoy the space you're allowing me to carve out in the real world.
To quote my beloved Ben Folds:
it sucks to grow up
and everybody does
and so weird to be back here
let me tell you what
the years go on and
we're still fighting it"
Me at graduation!