As much as I write about staying true to oneself, it is easy to get lost in new worlds and push the natural and soulful ones aside for a time period. Sometimes we do this without even realizing it. So here I am, a year and a half after my move across the equator and I somehow landed myself in a serious full-time job. I guess I was asking the Universe for this, subconsciously of course.
"A serious full-time job"
I had a full time job during my first year here, but there was no future in it, it was a mere learning experience and way to survive financially. Then I wanted a challenge. I wanted to spend my time doing something that would test my Spanish skills, communicating skills, negotiating skills, team working abilities and so much more. Well hell if the Universe didn't drop me right into the fast-paced, goal-oriented, non-stop Start Up named Nearpod- an Educational Technology platform with ambitions larger than life itself and never one second spent without working towards the goal. Although that goal for me is something vague, distant and too materialistic to really care about.
In college I studied languages, literature and education. My current position demands all of that plus project management skills. So, I really couldn't ask for a more appropriate position as it is perfectly in accordance with what I was seeking.
Here I am five months into the job and already with a ton of learning experiences to show for it. I can truly say, I had NO IDEA I was capable of some of the things I am now making happen. That is the beauty of working with a start-up company and definitely something that every daring adventurer should explore at some point in life.
Yet, my heart yearns
for the arts, writing, music, dance, sports, painting and the list goes on and on. What is a gal to do, what is a gal to do? Buenos Aires is not a city of opportunities right now due to the intensity of the economic crisis. If you have a job, you are thankful. If you make enough money to not live with your parents, you are lucky. If you make enough to be able to travel a bit during your vacation time, you are living like a king. If you can buy a car (not a new car, just any car really) you are an absolute baller. Unfortunately, this is the reality of my beautiful Argentina right now.
Since I plan to continue living here, I am still thankful for the job I have. The co-founders are proving to be great mentors (with respect to the more logical side of life). Also, it has shown me that even with a group of 30 employees each with his own communication skills and lack thereof, spread out over three cities in the world it is still possible to all play well with each other. Impressive, Nearpod, impressive.
With all of that said, my free time is spent practicing Capoeira and other sports that constitute playtime for my body and relaxation for my mind. Training until 10pm almost every night unfortunately leaves me very little time for my other passions such as writing. So... changes will soon be made as life is too short to not furiously throw ourselves into the worlds we love. A ghetto-fabuolous and possibly homeless man in Philadelphia once showered me in wisdom with just one sentence and his beautiful words still ring in my mind from time to time:
The words stuck... and the truth is: ain't nobody got time for shit that don't make them happy ;)
On with the happiness! The quest for more free time has officially commenced and the world is still looking bright and beautiful even with winter rapidly approaching.