Thursday, February 20

On Feeling Down

Sometimes it's hard not to get discouraged about the way things are going with your in general. This is something that's been on my mind since a year ago, when I decided to go back to school, but more recently with a few things that happened in the last week or two. First, a friend of mine at work let me know that her last day was coming up. She got a full time job doing work in her field, which is very exciting for her - she's been working very hard and she deserves it. Then at school, we had a guest speaker in, who is an artist, writer, and recent participant of a very fascinating artist's residence. She is also a phd student, and is doing some amazing work and writing. She's very inspiring, and it was mainly her focus - the fact that her art and writing have such a clear scope - that inspired me and got me there anything that I'm that interested in? Right now, I don't know. This past weekend, my lifelong best friend came to visit me. Though we have very different jobs and live pretty different lives, we got to talking about goals and five-year plans. We both want a lot of the same things. We spoke wistfully of homes, cars, kids, and weddings (we may have different feelings and goals in some of those areas, but the main feeling was the same: when is it our turn to grow up?!).  Finally, one of the blogs I frequent just featured a post by one of the writers about her goals and success. It was a great entry, but gave me those pangs of regret. I'm 27 and am working on a second undergrad. I'm basically living pay check to pay check, and personal goals like buying a home and starting a family loom in what seems to be a very distant future. I work at the mall. My uniform consists of a t-shirt, and whenever I see people I know from school in the store I work at I have this odd sense of shame. I want to hide - I don't want people to see me in that damn t-shirt.

I have to remind myself - almost daily - that my long days and 60-some-odd hour workweek is worth it. I'm working toward something. I do an internship in a great space and I like my program at school. I'm more focused this time around and am doing everything I can to leverage my student status in my favour (it's amazing how many doors being a student can open for people who are looking for opportunities in creative fields). I know I'll have to run myself ragged for a few months yet, but the experience I'm gaining now is headed somewhere. That picture is a little fuzzy and I'm still figuring out exactly what I want. I'm trying to figure out, realistically, what my strengths are. Am I going anywhere as an artist, or am I a better administrator? Will I be better at curating others' work, or writing about it, or both? Can I have it all? It sucks to be on the closer side of thirty and still not have any answers. I feel like a kid in a lot of ways, but with adult concerns...savings, credit scores, debt.

I just need to power through I guess. I joined Linkedin, I browse for new jobs weekly, I'm trying to stay afloat on my homework and keep aware of what's going on in Toronto, art-wise. I often feel like I'm treading water but I remind myself'll be worth it in the end.

Also, did I just use a stock photo? haha, yep. But it's from a very cool, very positive collection of stock photos that you make you feel warm and fuzzy when you look at them. I picked this one because this chick seems to have it all sorted. I mean, she's actually probably just a model in a photo shoot, but she's basically the image of having it all together. Maybe one day I'll have everything I want and I'll look just as killer in a pencil skirt and heels...


  1. I check out your blog and art from time to time. I enjoy it. I am also 27 and going back to school for the second time. First time was for the construction and building related field. Didn't work out the way I planned. Now I am in my 1st year working towards becoming an BScN.

    I did manage to get married a few years ago but my partner and I are still attempting to figure life out as well. We are in place here looking at the Ambassador Bridge for another 3 years until I finish... but then what? Children Travelling? Nursing is such broad field so many options so many career paths. Do I want to go to Med School after?

    Nice to read your blog and feel like we aren't the only ones out there blowing around on the winds of life.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. It's hard to believe that at 27 we don't have everything all figured out, as I assumed I would when I was younger. "Then what?" is the key question...

  2. Hi Tori,
    This is two years late, but I've been floating around the past few years myself. I'm 36 and even when I thought I had things figured out at 28, I changed my mind and started over again with a new plan. I can't say that I won't make another change in my 40's or 50's or even after that. But the best advice I can give you is to follow your gut. Over analyzing always got me in trouble. But when I made choices based on what felt right deep down inside, those are the choices that lead me to where I should be in life.

    1. hi, Elissa - I'd pretty much forgotten about this post. Thank you for the encouragement! I'm still in school, nearly done, and turning 30 soon. In a lot of ways things have changed from when I wrote this post, but much has stayed the same. I've been following my instincts for awhile now, and things seem to be falling into place. Thank you for taking the time to comment.