Over the past four or five years I’ve been describing myself and revealing who I am every day in 140 characters or less. It’s become an art form for me and I’m pleased with my ability to pare down entire thoughts into bite-sized, easily-digestable quips. Writing about myself within that platform is a fun challenge but writing about myself at length feels almost impossible. Writing it down makes everything feel slightly more finite or less flexible and less flexible is something I never want to feel. I believe every person is a work-in-progress, ebbing and flowing with each new experience and lesson learned.
While it’s inevitable that everyone evolves over time it’s important to me that my principles are unwavering. For me, being a good, honest person is paramount and my main principle in life is to just try to make everyone’s days or lives a little easier or better, or at the very least, not worse. We’re all in this together, right?
Not only does this principle of compassion guide my everyday interactions with other people but it’s also something that applies in how I treat myself. Instead of stressing and making my day worse I choose to approach situations with a sense of level-headedness and attempt to work through them with aplomb. Working in a fast-paced environment taught me to not only make sense of the chaos but to remain unflappable in the face of monumental expectations.
Being able to roll with the punches is something I pride myself on. I rarely go anywhere or do anything without a plan but there’s beauty in spontaneity and often the results have been better than anything I could have ever imagined. Whether I’m working on a design project or going on a roadtrip with a friend I’ll lay out the destination but there’s no telling how I or we will get there. Life never goes according to plan and that’s okay, I just try to plot my path and see what happens along the way.
My career path is important to me but losing my job made me understand that paths have detours and it can sometimes take awhile before the destination starts to take shape and make sense again. I’m in a very unsure place in my life right now but I’ve never lost sight of my next goal. My tenacity (read: stubbornness) won’t let me settle so every day I strive to achieve what I set out for. My goal isn’t necessarily to be at the top. As long as I’m getting to be creative my goal is to be in a position where I can be part of something that matters to me and something I can be passionate about.
It’s really that simple.
I’m a passionate person and I think everyone should be passionate about something. “Passion” gets thrown around a lot and can start to sound like an empty sentiment but passion is truly what drives me. I’m the type of person that does my work with passion or not at all because anything worth doing is worth doing well.
In addition to my principles and the attributes that define my character, I’m also a person that enjoys not taking life too seriously. I really enjoy my life, the people in it, and the person I’ve grown into. I like being enthusiastic about my interests and sometimes talking about them ad nauseum. I like finding the beauty in everything and being inspired by anything. I like being trustworthy and a good person. I like helping, inspiring, and encouraging people. I like volunteering and I try not to shy away from trying new things or taking some (calculated) risks.
I value memories and experiences over material things. I don’t believe in being disingenious and I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I think we should all feel free to like what we like. I’m also fiercely independent and competitive and will stubbornly try to figure things out on my own before asking questions.
I get joy out of bringing joy to others. Laughing is one of my favorite activities and I like knowing that to other people I’ll always be the witty one, the one everyone can count on to make them laugh. I’ve always told myself that if I’ve made even one person laugh then the day was a success.
Being self-aware is both a blessing and a curse so while I can mention the positive attributes I possess I can also admit that at times I can be loud, brazen, and a little excitable. We all have faults and flaws but it’s what makes us complex, interesting human beings.
To put things a bit more succinctly: I’m someone who is both fun-loving and professional because like most things in life it’s a little of column A, and a little of column B.