Ally’s Thoughts: I Am Too Mediocre And Ordinary

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Greetings everyone,

I wish you all good health and all the best in any things that you want to achieve for the  year of 2019.

I am writing this post because I want to share something that has been on my mind lately. I am unable to express it clearly in my poems nor in any way I could possibly think. This will be a quite long post, so if you are in a hurry, skip it and read it later. However, if you have all the time you need, I want to ask you a favor.

Please read it until the end and share me your thoughts if you have any, star it if you like it or share it with all your connections. If you don’t like it, let me know why.

I want to share about the journey of my working life, it is not something that I can compare with the others who have worked longer than me. I just want to share on what have I done and how I actually feel about it. Right now, I am doubting my relevancy in this working world.

IT GOES WAY BACK

Whenever someone asked me, what do you want to be when you grow up? I would give the cliche answers. When I was young, I wanted to be a teacher. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be someone who worked in the video games industry because of how I love video games so much at that time. As I entered college, I realized that I don’t know who I want to be and I was just following the flow. I do know that I just want a steady job and have the typical working life.

After I graduated from college, I earned my diploma in English Language Studies, I remained at the same place, where I did my internship. I worked there for 2 years doing admin in a property development company. As a young fresh graduate, to be employed is a blessing as my other friends are struggling to land a job.

It was a small company and most of the staff has been working for more than 10 years. The generation gap was obvious because the new faces joined the company are mostly interns. I was one of the intern. The staff are the same age of my parents or older. The job was manageable and the pay was sufficient, they even pay bonuses.

I learned a lot because I did a lot of different things in the company. If I were to choose the one most memorable would be the 5S and productivity project I had to handle in the company manufacturing division. I have to implement the 5S under the supervision of Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), which was exciting for me at that time.

Even so at that point, I couldn’t figure out or imagine how my career would be. I left the company after I received a better offer from a company that I never expected.

A DREAM CAME TRUE

I started to play video games extensively when I was 7 years old. Back then, there was only that game console that load games from the cartridge. Then, I had a Game Boy, Playstation 1, PSP and gotten myself a computer. I am pretty sure that I had a wish about getting into the game industry at that time.

My wish was granted and my second employment was in a game publisher company that was really well known in Malaysia. I joined the company and worked in their social media app department. For me, that was already enough because I was exposed to their company culture and a lot of young people around, I was so happy.

My work are mostly to create content for the app and I realized that it was the most comforting to do. Eventually, I realized that I really like writing poetry and I shared some of my poetry in the platform. Not long after that, I decided to share my poetry to the rest of the world. Therefore, I created Write Ally Write! After a few months, I was really engaged with the WordPress community and decided to explore the writing world. 

I quit my job and was in search of a job that would let me utilize my creativity and writing skills. My decision led me to 4 months of unemployment but I had the best 4 months of writing experience. Within those 4 months, I have published 2 poetry ebooks and I feel really satisfied. My blog was growing and I get to know more people. It was exciting and I really feel that ‘this is my calling’.

THE REALITY AND THE FEASIBILITY

A 4 months unemployed restricted my spending and I have commitments to pay. I can’t remember how many job applications I have submitted and how many interviews I have attended. I want to pursue a writing career but it doesn’t look that bright. Almost the end of April, I received a phone call to an interview. I came for the interview and I got the job on the next day.

I came to the office and officially, I have jumped to a different sector, investment banking. I was in charge to draft the internal communication on behalf of the HR department and assisting my boss in special projects for the department. For the communication draft is fairly easy and a little write up is a walk in the breeze. The special projects however is something I never really do. There are two parts, the research part was really straight forward. I don’t have any complaints. The second part is the project management part, where I have to learn about project management.

I have no problem until the projects started to pile up. I am having a hard time to keep up and not to mention the persistent management committee update every two weeks. I endured for almost 2 years and I realized that I am unable to keep my head straight. I don’t think I am able to stay sane from all the anxiety and depression.

THE WHEEL TURNS, AGAIN

I am still with the investment bank until the end of January. I have to extend because I have some pending projects and they still have not found any replacement. What will I do next? I want to rest first for few months. I am mentally exhausted at the point it scares me.

I noticed that, I don’t have any confidence on myself or my skills for work. I am not sure what I want to do anymore. I am too mediocre and too ordinary.

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Ally’s Thoughts: I Am Too Mediocre And Ordinary

  1. i think you will find the answers your self Ally, writing this in length already shows that you have given it much thought and the facts point you in the direction of a more challenging career, its not just a job, it has to be fulfilling as well as lucrative. you could never be ordinary, you have amazing skills just haven;t found the right place and avenue. there is no easy solution, sometimes you have to try a few things for some years, the experiences itself is so worth it. really enjoyed reading your writing Ally.

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  2. Well, I am about to hit 40 in less than two weeks. After what seemed forever in operations management for two different teams of over 60 people, 1 10 month stint at the worst job ever and now settling into what I call a low action PR position, in a company that has next to zero SOP on things, I still don’t know what I want to be. I know I am good at people management and data analysis. But I am also passionate towards photography and the arts. I am at my happiest, with my camera, taking pictures of people and engaging with them, and producing enticing, thoughtful portraits and sharing it with the world. Perhaps, we need to strike a balance between doing what we need to do, and pursuing what we want to do.

    My goal in progress right now, is to make enough money to retire in Bali and to run a Yoga studio. I don’t know if i would reach my goal, but hey.. we need to work towards something isn’t it?

    All of us are too mediocre and ordinary in our own eyes, but I can tell you that I am referred to as the coolest auntie with an awesome house with a swimming pool (It’s an apartment) to a little girl. To her, I am definitely special.

    I wish you all the love and hope in figuring out what you want to be. *HUGS*

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