It’s funny how things work reciprocally. They say if you love someone, let them free. If they truly love you, they’ll return. They also say distance makes the heart grow fonder.
In your early twenties as a college student, you are bombarded with deadlines. Assignments, presentations, and exams consistently fill the To-Do list, but once the last assignment of your Junior year is handed in, the reality sets in that you have one more year left.
Have you figured out where you want to work? Have you applied? Do you have an interview? Are you going to have enough experience? I’ve heard and thought of these questions for months. I started skimming Indeed for entry-level communication/PR jobs. I started thinking of some companies I could imagine myself working at. The scary thing was when I realized that most of the paths were are exposed to (marketing communication/working at an ad agency) still felt mundane to me. Yet again, I thought to myself, there is more I am capable of than dishing out campaigns like a factory.
A few months ago, someone suggested that I watch House of Cards on Netflix, a political drama that had just released its fourth season. I dreaded the thought of starting a new show only to not understand the plot and become bored by the third episode. Only that isn’t what happened.
Through analysis (and a whole lot of binge watching) I discovered my dream job, and not only that but also the person I ultimately want to become. Now, some who have watched the series may cringe when I say this person is Claire Underwood since she is particularly ruthless in various episodes. Claire was previously the CEO of the fictitious Clean Water Initiative, a non-governmental agency fighting for human rights to clean water. She lives and works in Washington D.C., frequently liaising with Congress and other governmental entities to receive funding for her advocacy organization. From this moment, I knew that was the job I wanted. I started telling my family about how I never skip the opening sequence of House of Cards, which is about a minute long time-lapse tour of Washington D.C. set to an orchestra. I never skip it because I have fallen completely in love with the atmosphere and aesthetic of government, which is a very strange thing to say in our current time. When Claire became the United States UN ambassador on HoC, I knew I was on to something.
The point is, I just discovered some crazy relevant things about myself and who I want to be just by doing something I enjoy, in this case, watching a fictional political drama on Netflix. No, it isn’t a fad, because seeing a powerful woman in that type of job resonated with me. I want to be a power-wielding woman for good. Needless to say, I’ve truly discovered the missing piece of my puzzle by letting go.