Life After College

As I binge watch Sex and the City for the first time, I can’t help but think about my own life. I know! Why am I comparing my life to a fictional TV show about mid 30 somethings with established lives in the city? I’m not really but it does get me thinking.

I’ve noticed a lot of my favorite shows are centered around New York City: How I Met Your Mother, The Wayans Brothers, Lipstick Jungle, even back to The Nanny, The Jefferson’s, and The Cosby show and the movies: The Devil Wears Prada, 13 Going on 30, Hitch, Trainwreck, and The Intern. These are just what I could think of off the top of my head, but honestly, the list goes on!

They all have one thing in common. New York!

Before 25

New York is clearly the place to be. But is it as exciting as it is on TV? Or am I putting New York on a pedestal?

I got the chance to visit New York back in 2008. I got to see the ball drop, at least I think I did. I’m not sure. That night was such a blur of excitement and awe, crowded with people and below zero temps. I’m not sure if I was watching the ball drop or an icicle falling. Regardless, I was 16 in the city I’ve always dreamed of going to.

Now I’m 23, fresh out of college, unemployed and living at my parents house. Not exactly what I had in mind after college. I figured I would still be at home but I had no idea I would be working a temp position, which…eventually ended.

There’s one of two things that will happen after college. You will A: get a job right away, or B: get stuck job hunting, vigorously and actively. Unfortunately I fell into category B. They don’t tell you about that category. They (colleges) give you the impression that a job with a great salary, benefits, and a friendly working environment will be waiting for you the second you walk across the stage. Maybe that’s what I’m doing with New York? Maybe I’m glorifying this city that may not even be as great as I imagined.

In my before 25 post I said I wanted to own a condo before 25 and either live in New York or have a fruitful vacation there. I can’t see myself owning a condo in New York at this moment only because I don’t think NYC would be where I spend the rest of my life. It would be more of a pit stop along the way, you know, just in case I am glorifying the land. So I would most likely invest in a condo in Los Angeles somewhere. Maybe I could rent it out while I experience my big apple adventures. Hmm how does that work? Googling renting out your condo now!

I can’t get ahead of myself though. I don’t even have a job! Haha! I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. The reason for me being jobless right now? I don’t know. Maybe it’s for me to spend time developing my blog or developing my sketching. Maybe it’s to give me time to make a good plan/revise my current one. Maybe it’s just giving me a little time to declutter my closet. In due time. I will have that job with the great salary, benefits, and the friendly working environment they told me about in college. Cheers to an unexpected life!

~Kelsey Sherri

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