Last week I went on a family reunion cruise to Alaska, which was a much needed relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of New York. It was nice catching up with my family and it was also a time for me to reflect on my past two months of work. As I answered all the questions my family had about work and my apartment, I realized there are few things I’ve done in the past two months that aren’t work related. Most of my food experiences, funny encounters and new friendships are all tied to work.
I moved to New York to enter the event planning industry and to make a name for myself. But beyond that, I want to challenge myself and try new things. I need to seize the moment, every opportunity I have. On the cruise it was lovely eating four course meals, playing bingo and competing in trivia matches, but I knew I needed to try something new and exciting. I explored the list of excursions the boat offered and begging my parents to go ziplining.
And ziplining we did. I soared 150 feet above ground through the rainforest of Ketchican, a thrill I have only experienced a few times before. The literal act of flying empowered me and was a metaphor of the soaring I want to undertake in my career. Putting myself out there and not being afraid to try new things is the only way I will succeed and be proud of my accomplishments. Every person I meet, invitation I receive, email I get or opportunity that arises could be a wonderful new beginning. But the biggest thing to remember is that I can’t just sit back and wait for these opportunities to come to me. I have to explore and search, and maybe sometimes do something a little bit crazy, in order to get the results I am striving towards.