25 and ‘Doing Good,’ A Note from the Intern to Millennials
Two years ago, I was making great money working in an office job that most ambitious 23-year-olds would have killed for and yet, I was the unhappiest that I had ever been. Every day I had a treacherous hour-long commute along Westpark Tollway and Highway 59, arrived at 8:30am, sent emails all morning, took lunch, made calls all afternoon and left by 6pm. One day I asked myself, “is this how I want to live?” and decided the answer was a hard no. Shortly after that revelation I gave my two weeks, accepted a pay cut by getting an hourly job, applied to an online Master of Social Work program and never looked back. Fast forward two years later and I am a month from graduating, plugged into one of the greatest nonprofits in Houston and have learned more than I could have imagined about what truly matters.
Since May of this year, I have been blessed with interning for Fort Bend Women’s Center on their Special Initiatives and Community Education Team. My role includes a wide spectrum of projects, but my main objective here is to help with the evaluations of the neurofeedback program, which I will tell you more about on another day. Since I started working in the field of domestic violence last year, I have learned that DOING GOOD offers more reward than I could have ever imagined. Although, I am required to intern in order to get my Master of Social Work, the work I do every day doesn’t feel like a requirement, as I have learned the impacts of domestic violence within communities and how important it is to eradicate violence from interpersonal relationships.
Let’s dig a little deeper. I am a 25-year-old woman trying to live life in the way I was taught adults should. I got married, we got a house, he got an oil and gas job, I am pursuing higher education and we are starting a family. The things on my list may not be on your list, but the items and goals are certainly not atypical within the American Dream. All the transitions that come along with being a young adult bring stress, comparisons and a search for more worth. The list of comparisons goes on and on – “my car needs to be upgraded, I need a promotion, I need to travel more, my job needs to be more glam and take less time…” you get the idea. Attempting to live up to comparisons only promises a hamster wheel of constant work with no true reward. Sure, short-lived rewards may come, but what about the ones that people will remember you for? I am here to shed light on the fact that it’s not how high your ladder is compared to the next person that will give life more worth. Instead, the things that will fill your soul are connecting to people and helping others – or DOING GOOD.
I encourage everyone to find their own way to give back and DO GOOD. If you are a young adult, then I not only encourage you, but I challenge you to do more good. By no means am I encouraging you to quit your job, but take a leap to dig deeper within yourself for others. Millennials are shaking norms, reshaping communities and laying the groundwork for how our children will live. For me, I want my daughter to live in a world where both men and women are respected and where love doesn’t hurt. I would be over-the-moon if you got plugged into Fort Bend Women’s Center but understand that everyone has their unique thing that tugs on their heart strings. Find that and go DO GOOD.
Fort Bend Women’s Center Intern