Catching a much needed break
I've been in a rut lately, I will be the first one to admit that. For the past two weeks it has been difficult for me to accomplish the normal tasks in my everyday. I didn't want to write, read, exercise or be with friends. Then yesterday happened.
I had one class yesterday morning and skipped my second lecture because I just couldn't physically get up and go. All I wanted to do was lay in my bed and stick to activities that make me comfortable. But then my roommate, Ryan, asked if we could go to the store to grab some essentials, "why not" I thought to myself, it would probably be good for me to get out of my room. So we left around 3pm. Right across from the local CVS was this new restaurant that has caught my eye recently. They haven't opened yet but as I drove by I saw some lights on so I considered walking in. I dropped off my roommate at the store and drove to this new restaurant.
Let's not forget that from April to early September I was woking 40-60 hour weeks in a restaurant, I practically lived at work. And I loved every second of it. Not to mention I also know a good amount about wine, cocktails, and food.
So I walked in and was greeted by the owner, as well as the front of house manager. We talked for a few minutes and I told them about myself. Aaron then went and got an application for me to fill out. Filled it out, talked some more, thanked them, and left. Within 5 minutes of getting back on campus I got a call from them. I got hired as a server / potential bartender. Serving is something I have never done before but am super excited to learn about and kill it when I get my chance. It was almost as if someone injected a 2nd life into my body. All of a sudden I was super energetic and my adrenaline was high.
People like myself need to work and work a lot, especially in the restaurant game. We are a rare breed but there are some of us out there, we can not live normal people lives, we have to be the ones who normal people call crazy. People who have never worked insane hours like 1pm - 2am will never understand that when you stop doing this it is like a piece of your soul has left your body. I want to work like a maniac and to be part of something that is just starting up is special,
Schoolwork and good grades are essential, I understand this. But college life is so so boring if that is all you are doing. If I just got good grades and partied on the weekends like most of the shleppers here, I would be miserable. I want to push myself, I want to work 30+ hours a week, take classes, and learn as much as I can, because I am fucking crazy. Like I have preached a thousand times before, experiences are more important than grades. When I have my own business I am going to hire the kid who got C's and had two jobs while in college while also traveling Europe as opposed to some nerd who had a 4.0 and didn't do anything besides schoolwork. There is more complexity to someone who differs from the pack and has more experiences than their companions. You can be the smartest joe schmo in the world, but if you do not know how to talk to people, you will have a tough time making it in this world.
So, moral of the story is that I am much happier and feel almost rejuvenated as of late because I took a step out of my comfort zone and it paid off. So to you people reading this, go out and take the first steps, learn to be uncomfortable, and seize opportunity when it comes.
"Be patient. Good things will come."