Have you ever thought about how much society sucks?
Sorry to be blunt. But seriously.
We have these things I will call “societal norms” and we are all expected to fulfill them.
Go to school. Get a stable job. Have a salary. Insurance. Get married. Have kids. Retire. Die.
I mean that sounds wonderful in theory, minus the death part, but what if you don’t want to do that?
What if you want to go a different route and that kind of life isn’t for you? Well I’m here to say- that’s okay.
And maybe I am here to say that so I can make myself actually believe it. Who knows? All I can say is my life is anything but normal for a 24 year old and I often feel pressure to fit the mold of society.
So I am here to share my thoughts on why I think you should take risks and do whatever the heck you want to do in this one life you get to live.
Stop playing it safe.
Maybe this will help you go try out for the show you always wanted to go on. Or maybe it’ll help you realize it’s okay to not have a plan. Or maybe it’ll help you start your own business. Maybe it’ll help you simply be happier.
Let’s rewind to when I first graduated college.
It’s a big deal to get a job after college. Like woohoo, you’re an adult now. Time to stop doing beer bongs and partying 4 nights a week and relying on your parents to help with your bills.
For me, I felt so much pressure to get a full-time job when in reality I had NO clue what I even wanted in life. Did I want to be a reporter? Did I want to move to LA? Did I want to stay in Austin and be comfortable? I saw all my friends with their fancy business degrees take full-time jobs, move in with their boyfriends and leave college behind. Trying to be like everyone else, I ended up choosing comfort and stability. I took the first job offer I got at a small PR firm right next to the school I just graduated from.
Morgan, ditch your sorority shirt and put on a pencil skirt. It’s time to adult!
Yo. I hated it. Like REALLY hated it.
I learned quickly that working inside at a desk all day was not for me. I wanted to be outside, seeing the world, talking to people… anything but staring at a computer screen. I played it safe and I instantly regretting not going balls to the wall and pursuing my dreams.
But ya know why I didn’t? Those damn “societal norms.”
Well then it’s like the universe heard my cries, (literally I think I cried every day/ I am so stinkin’ dramatic/ GAH, I KNOW), and a door opened for me to go on a show called Big Brother.
And this is where my mindset in life took a complete turn.
I took a risk. I quit my job on the spot, (oops/ I am incredibly sorry to my first big girl boss/ I swear I didn’t mean for this to happen), and I said “too bad” to what everyone may think about my crazy choice.
I mean, I could have easily stuck out that job, answered phones, and worked my way up the corporate ladder.
Instead I went on a reality show.
And somehow won a quarter million dollars.
Playing it safe keeps you in your comfort zone. And you can never grow unless you are out of your comfort zone.
CAN I GET AN AMEN? AMEN.
Fast forward to me living in Los Angeles two years later.
I kind of still have no clue what I am doing. But I know for a fact, I do not want to stick to what society expects from me.
I wanted to start a blog with Alex, so I did. I wanted to do TV hosting, so I started working with AfterBuzz TV. I liked fitness, so I worked at SoulCycle. Now, do I have any clue what the next step for me in life is?
NOT A CLUE.
But I hope to keep taking risks. Because every risk and opportunity I have taken, has led me to an even better spot.
And I will go ahead and say what you are thinking. My life is insane. Yeah, I don’t get it either.
And I will go ahead and also say, I plan on taking other crazy risks. And I have no clue how they’ll turn out. And you all may judge me for them. You all may think it’s not in my best interest.
I’m sure I’ll read all about it on Twitter.
But just remember. YOU get ONE life. Live it, enjoy it and don’t play it safe and be miserable. Take every opportunity that comes knocking on your door because you don’t know who you will meet and what adventure it’ll take you on next.
This is not me telling you to quit your corporate sales job and move to Australia to be a surf instructor. But like, if you want to, do it?
Life is a damn adventure. Work hard, take risks and do what you want. I’m learning the rest will kind of play out on its own.
So like, am I on Dr. Phil’s level yet?