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Living Alone While Exploring A Career Is Tough, But Not Impossible

After coming back from office, I used to cook my own food, do dishes, laundry and all other maintenance works. After that, if I had any energy left, I used to talk to my people. Then I dwelled in my own thoughts and went to sleep.

I got my first job in corporate sector in the capital city of India. Along with came all other responsibilities which I had to carry independently.

New life, new place, new beginnings, new people, new experiences. Now I have to learn to manage everything. Living an independent life while exploring a career in the corporate world was exciting.

I had to travel around 20 km daily by metro. Initially my brother used to drop me to metro station, but after few days I started taking e-rickshaw as our timings were different. I had to change 3 lines to reach my destination.

After coming back from office, I used to cook my own food, do dishes, laundry and all other maintenance works. After that, if I had any energy left, I used to talk to my people. Then I dwelled in my own thoughts and went to sleep.

Days went by, I was slowly getting to know kind of works going on in my office, the people, culture, management etc. Overall, it seemed a very chilled environment.

Working with new people can be overwhelming in the beginning of a career!

I tried working with different teams, different people in a very short period of time. Sometimes work was very easy going, sometimes I had breakdowns meeting deadlines. Sometimes I was disappointed with the level of work I was doing.

I didn’t feel like working so hard in a junior position. I was not satisfied with what I was getting. Earlier I desired to live such an independent life which I was experiencing, apparently.

Striking a work-life balance is not easy to attain initially

So the problem started when it became a reality. Maybe striking a balance between both work and life was challenging. I didn’t understand whom to trust, and who to share things with, when everyone around me was busy about themselves.

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I can’t even expect anything from anyone just like that. It’s always a give and take relationship. Managing my inner world seemed more challenging than the outer world.

One must slowly find their own tribe

In the process, I was learning a lot of things. I had my own ways of doing things which rarely matched with anyone else. Finding my own way out to do things, and finding my own tribe, were things I was figuring out slowly and steadily.

It’s there to see how long I can stay in this place. Either I might switch in search of better opportunities, or the management might throw me out because of my impatient and dissatisfied attitude.

I don’t know what image am I creating here. I just know how to be true and honest to myself. Likewise, I want to make a difference in this world we are living.

And for that I would need to break boundaries. The question is will this corporate world allow me to do that, or I’ll have to find some other way out.

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