Competitive Living


Yep, still breathing and kicking (butt!). The semester is moving along quickly, and although I haven’t posted much, I’ve been pretty active, both at home and at work. It just hasn’t been quite post-worthy if you know what I mean. 

I think I finally have something for you folks. 

Over the last 10 days or so, I’ve stepped back to observe the “big picture” of my life. 21, have a car, a beautiful girlfriend, a job, and working towards my degrees. So far so good. Then I stepped back even further, and asked myself what I wanted for my 2-3 year future. Do I want to stay at Amenta Emma Architects and see where that leads me? Do I want to switch fields? Do I want to try another firm? Do I want to try to do international work? Why do I want to do what I want to do?

I’m competitive. If you say I can’t do something because I’m not “good enough”, be ready to swallow your words. Sure, it might be classified as “stubborn” in some cases, but more often than not, it’s because I walk with a chip on my shoulder, looking to prove the doubtful wrong. 

I take life competitively, sometimes even by the horns. I set a goal, and go out to achieve it. Once I get that goal, I either push myself one step further, or check it off my list and move on. This is where the problem can arise. Which times do I push it to the next level and when do I simply move on? How do I know which time is which? 

People are often afraid to try new things, for an array of reasons. They’re committed somewhere, too much risk, too much responsibility, something could go wrong, etc. However, I think this is also a great way to stop/limit someone’s growth. There’s a saying that goes “To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.” It’s true to an extent. If you’re going to try something new, should you try it while you’re young and can recover from potential mistakes? Or should you just keep going with the ho-hum life? 

When I consider moving on from something, it isn’t always because the grass might be greener on the other side. It might very well be because I’m looking for an experience that I’ve never had before, and an opportunity to expand my horizons a bit. 


Anyway, that was more a series of questions than any useful information, but I’ll be sure to refer back to this down the road.



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