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Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life – Robin Sharma

I have been at my first full-time job now for about a month. That’s right. After graduating in December, I finally have landed my first job! Salary, benefits, the whole 9. My official title is “Communications Specialist.” I basically do everything that’s on my resume in one single position, and I couldn’t be happier.

Of course with this new job comes a few new responsibilities. I have student loans to pay off, I have to buy a car, I have to do the whole 9–5 gig, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The truly daunting responsibility is slowly coming into focus: Maintaining myself.

Sitting at a desk all day is tasking on your body.  Sure I’ve read studies on standing desks, workouts you can do while sitting at work, how to stay healthy during an 8-hour workday, all that.  However, to me, that’s just one small part of the bigger picture.

Upon graduation, I’ve noticed that some classmates of mine have had the idea that now that they’re done with college, everything continues on, they just have a bigger (hopefully) wallet for it. Sure my time in college was fun. I did my fair share of partying. I worked through internships, I passed all my classes, and I did some projects on my own time to better myself.

Well I’ve been done with partying. I have a career. If I wanted to, I could go back and apply to grad school. I still have projects on my plate. But how does it all translate into my newfound adulthood?

Life is a constant learning experience. There’s no way around that. I’ve noticed that some people I went to school with, and graduated with, might not have had this notion sink in yet. Like I said, my main focus in life is maintaining myself. Now that can go several different ways.

First and foremost, I want to save for my future. I want a wife and kids and a house with a yard. However, that is achieved through working hard and being damn good at what you do. But how can you ensure that you are doing a great job at it?

Maintaining yourself. Read books, read articles, go listen to people speak. Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean your learning days are over. In all actuality, in the large scheme of time, they just started.

The quote I started this post with, I read the other day, and it really stuck with me. I’m not looking to live the Bill Murray Groundhog Day type of life. I want to make sure that every day, I am putting 110% into everything I do to make sure that I get the most out of life. Why? Because this is my life, and I get to decide its path.

It’s been 9 months since I’ve graduated, only one month since I’ve started my first job out of college, and already I can tell that this is the beginning to a very enriching and enjoyable life.