Well I am officially halfway through my second week of living in D.C. and I'm confident that this is where I'm meant to be.
Compared to the first week, I'm feeling much more comfortable and joyful. Graduate school still has it's ups and downs (my brain is constantly burnt out at the end of the day), but it's been good overall. Mostly, I feel better about having a sense of purpose.
There's something very fulfilling about knowing I am working towards a goal that will ultimately help people.
With the things I am learning about investigative journalism and how to have a successfully ethical career, I'm actually excited about the future. Not to be morbid, but it's been a while since I've been able to have a big picture mindset.
I know I'm not the only one who's felt beaten down by the state of the world and finds it hard to see beyond just one day at a time.
It can be hard to find purpose and optimism when things seem so dire.
But it gets better.
Every new day is another step forward towards a better future. It won't just happen though; it will take work and determination, but it can happen.
Now obviously it's important to not throw your entire identity and value into a job or school. There is more to people than just their 'work' and it's important to not forget that. But it's also important and honorable to place value in the things you do and to use them for other people's benefit.
So as I continue to grow and learn in this new time of my life, I'm trying to stay hopeful about the state of things. I'm trying to remember why I'm here and that it will always get better. But mostly, I'm intentionally focusing on the fact that I can make a difference.
And so can you.
(p.s. click here for my first 'real' article for graduate school :) )