If you haven’t seen the 1994 classic, Baby’s Day Out, then let me save you the trouble. It is incredibly similar to Home Alone, but with Baby Bink instead of a nine year old child star. Baby Bink crawls out of his house (super realistic) and adventures around the big city (even more realistic), while three goons try and snatch him up to get the 5 million dollar reward… *insert 90’s slap stick comedy.*
The correlation between transitioning from a student to a working professional and a baby romping around a big city is fairly simple — we don’t know where we’re going and sometimes we’re clueless, but we just keep moving (hopefully we’re not trying to escape goons).
October has flown by and has left me feeling rather winded. This month I realized how much there is to still figure out, and how I am still very much a baby in the “real world.” I still need to develop my own visual voice, refine my perspective and keep everything balanced. I’ve been learning a lot recently about the power of perspective and how it can turn a moment half-empty to half-full.
The comforting thing about being in this awkward transitional stage is seeing everyone else do the same thing. From friends getting married, having their first kid, starting grad school or taking a position at a job they know nothing about, everyone seems to come out the other end saying “I have no clue what I am doing.”
As much as that ambiguity can suck, it is also kind of awesome. Just like Baby Bink, we might not know where we’re going but we keep moving and get to see incredible things along the way. I’ve been learning that the key is switching my perspective and focusing on the opportunities and adventures at hand, rather than trying to constantly figure out how this moment fits in my “five year plan.”
In other recent news, I used my very first vacation day to…wait for it…get stuck in an airport headed to Arkansas. It’s fun to make note of these first experiences that will soon become mundane, but for now, using a real vacation day was exciting.
- Whales are HUGE, never knew how big they actually were
- Getting stranded in an airport has its perks…$25 food vouchers
- When you graduate you probably will have a wedding every weekend in October/November
- In 2004, a lady in Greece set off a metal detector because her husband made her wear a chastity belt (Seriously, ew?)
- “Andaconda” is actually, anaconda (Glad, I’ve said that wrong for the past 22 years)