I remember seeing a picture early in my college career that really made an impact on me. The picture was of a triangle, and each point was labeled with a different phrase. The points read “social life”, “good grades”, and “enough sleep”. At the top were the words “pick two”. The point of the picture is that you can only have two choices, and the one you don’t choose is what you can’t have. As a college freshman, this scared me. I wanted to be social and make friends. I wanted to make my family proud with academic achievements. I wanted to be a well-rested and productive student every day. But this chart was telling me I couldn’t have it all. So that’s when I decided to prove it wrong. That’s when I decided I would have it all.
Now, “having it all” didn’t come overnight. It took weeks, months, and years of practice and hard work to develop the skills needed to have it all. I failed. I made great friends, but saw my grades drop. As I brought my grades back up, I became tired and required lots of caffeine to get me through the day. I decided to stay in on weekends to recover and rest, and lost touch with friends. But through all the successes and failures, I realized the one thing that determines if you’ll “have it all” or not – make sure the things you choose are the things you love.
Earlier today, a coworker happened to see my Google calendar and remarked “wow, that’s a busy schedule!” Yes, it is. But everything on that schedule is something that I want to do. I want to go to work and make the company better than when I found it. I want to go to class to learn more about my field. I want to volunteer and make a difference in the world. I want to be involved in my business fraternity and make it a great organization to be a part of. I want to party on the weekends to take a break from my busy week. (And surprisingly somehow I still get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.)
So yes, you can have it all. You’ll probably fail. You may be busy all the time. But it doesn’t matter, because when you “have it all”, you’ll love it all.
by Mia Middleton, Marketing Intern