Earlier this year, I finally started my career in Engineering. It was exciting at first and confusing at the same time. I thought college was the hardest part but working in the field +adulting is a challenge on another level and in its own way. When the honeymoon phase was over, I realized that there was so much more I had to work on, not just on the professional level but even socially. Taking criticism as clues to improve oneself, building up confidence in a male-dominated field, trusting myself and the process, solving problems more effectively, learning on-the-go, listening more, asking the right questions, saying “I don’t know” without feeling like a failure automatically, and so much more. I am trying to adapt to the changes in my personal, social, and professional life.
I have come to terms with the fact that I’m an introvert. And this has been showing up in many different ways. I recharge when I’m alone. And so, when faced with challenges, I cut off communication with people. I (attempt to) go through it (whatever it is) by myself and when I’m done I come back. Lately, I had been avoiding social interactions because I just wasn’t in the right/strong state of mind.
I hate cancelling plans and so given I was to meet a friend today, I had to get out of the house. I had picked the restaurant and so I arrived on time but my friend was late. Yes, she was late this time and not me :). I loved the atmosphere of the little family-owned restaurant as it felt so warm and welcoming. As I sat there waiting, I smiled because I was looking forward to her being there. I remembered that there’s never a dull moment when we get together. She’s full of life and literally brings peace with her. There are always stories and things to laugh about. We also try to work together on our writings, share goals and dreams, and I always go home just happy to have spent time with her. There are different people that you meet in life and you feel so light around them whether they are family, friends, or partners. We are blessed to know and have them around us. They make our world a better place to stay in. I hope that you have people in your life that come in peace. Most importantly, I hope that they bring peace with them. Even better, I hope that you and I eventually carry that peace with us so we can make the world less heavy on others.