“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
I had a fierce desire to be independent when I was young. Making it on my own was critical. I wouldn’t settle for anything less. Yet, I had hardly prepared for independence. Majoring in English Literature in college didn’t quite put me on a fast track career path. I found myself panic stricken as the end of my senior year approached.
I expressed my fear to a group of people at a party and the serious nature of my comment brought the conversation to a halt. But, I could see concern in the face of a woman sitting across from me. Maryann was a few years older than I and she’d been in the workforce for a couple of years. In the silence that followed my remark, she suggested I apply to New York University where she worked and where they were currently hiring. Maryann’s pretty face and caring eyes reached across the room and I felt a shot of confidence. A few weeks later, I found myself meeting with an Employment Counselor at NYU who referred me to the Financial Aid Office for an entry level position. They offered me the job and I was on my way!
Soon I had an apartment, a bank account and a credit card. With each acquisition, my confidence grew. I felt the courage to dream of the future and the conviction to become exactly who I wanted to become.