Are you cycling, too?

29 Jul

This is a cross-post (edited) from a private blog I keep with my boyfriend. Majority of our relationship is long distance so I write to him via blog posts, he writes back via comments, and it’s much more immediate and convenient for us than letters. Sign of the times, eh. Regardless, please excuse me crossing the professional/personal lines… but I digress…

I think that internships are bad for relationships.

Let me explain.

My generation is growing up in a world that is CONSISTENTLY ending and beginning in a vicious cycle labeled, ironically, ‘growing’. Each year, we start a new grade level, and then it ends. We get to college, and we start new classes: those too end. Finally, when we reach a point where professional learning begins to take place, our internships begin, and just like everything else up to that point in our lives, they end. Therefore, when our first real job comes along, we keep waiting for that moment for the shoe to drop. The one where everyone thanks you for your wonderful work and wishes you the best. But really, that never comes. So our generation is growing up with a mentality of infinite cycles. When the honeymoon phase of a job ends, WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH OURSELVES.

About a year and a half ago, I started my first job out of college. I was overjoyed with this step in my career but then slowly I found myself wanting something more. A new way to grow, a new cycle to start, a new huge, different, project to fall into my lap. But it never came. So I grew complacent, then eventually annoyed, and finally indifferent.

To circle (cycle) back to how this works into our personal relationships, growing up my generation learned that life will always spark some new adventure. A new learning phase. A new flame deep inside of us. Because of that, we never LEARN how to be content. We’re always searching for the NEXT, the NEW, the FUTURE. And that plays out in our relationships. Always looking to keep that spark alive by consistently creating the NEW. Whether that be a new adventure, or a new fight, we honestly do not know how to just BE.

I don’t know if this makes any sense but it’s a mindset that I’ve found myself stuck in. Recognizing it however, I plan to take this nugget of truth with me to my next career step and hopefully learn to just live in the moment I’m given and not actively search for the next best things. I’ll be beginning at the Michigan Department of Community Health in just a few short weeks and I’m, once again, eager to grow. Hopefully this time however, I’ll know how to grow and maintain.

Lastly, and on a more personal note, I also want to apply this to my relationships. From romantic, to friends, coworkers, and family, I want to make more of an effort to reconnect and appreciate the wonderful people I have in my life rather than focusing on making only NEW connections. Of course, I’ll always welcome the opportunity, but it’s time I start focusing on what I already have in front of me.

Or maybe, I’m just getting old.

 

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6 Responses to “Are you cycling, too?”

  1. wb July 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Here, here. I feel like I’m an exception to that rule. For the most part I cultivate the relationships in my life, sometimes to the detriment of making new connections. However, I recently found myself exiting a relationship because I was no longer the NEW you refer to.

    I was unable to keep the spark of interest alive in my partner, and now I sometimes struggle to find peace in knowing that my close relationships are more meaningful than 1,000 acquaintances. When the flash and excitement of NEW appears so sexy, its hard to believe that status quo is better.

    Knowing that I do not know everyone, but rather I actually KNOW some, keeps me grounded and, in the end, being grounded is the best base for a life-long relationship.

  2. Jessica July 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I love this post.. In regards to the whole school/work/new job thing, I could not agree more … I always said “it sucks to be ambitious” but I think your perspective makes much more sense!

  3. Jessica Seba July 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    I love this post.. In regards to the whole school/work/new job thing, I could not agree more … I always said “it sucks to be ambitious” but I think your perspective makes much more sense!

    • angelaminicuci August 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

      Thanks, Jess. Great to hear from you! I think it’s definitely a common thing for our generation to run into and speaking of which, I love hearing just how much you love your life/job over in Mexico right now! Glad to see you doing so well!

  4. Danielle Lenz July 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    Congrats on the new job! MDCH is a client of ours, what will you be doing?

    • angelaminicuci August 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

      I’ll be working in their Communications department as a Communications Representative. Very excited 🙂 hope to work with you then!!

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