Today marks one year that I have been working at United Airlines as an art director. Not only have I worked on incredible projects but I've been able to meet some of the most amazing people in my career. I feel incredibly lucky to have met my boss who happens to be an incredible role model and mentor. I have learned more than I ever thought I could possibly learn within one year.
As I left her home yesterday, I realized, that while this year had been a really hard one, for almost everyone I know, we can still overcome. It's hard to start over. It's hard to feel optimistic about the future but if we help each other, if we focus on others instead of our own situations, we will find that not only is the Christmas Spirit still alive, but so it the human spirit.
My family and friends have had conversations with me about the state of the world. What can we do to solve all the problems? There are so many people to help. How can we help them all? The answer isn't ideal but it is true. You can't. You can't solve all the problems. You can't help everyone. But you can help those around you. You can do the small things, the big things, and everything in between. As Ghandi said, you can be the change be the change you wish to see in the world. Even if it's just one storage unit at a time.
In order to prep for the day and still make the 6:15 start time, I would have to wake up at 5:30. The first few weeks it was rough but now I wake up every morning around that time. On some Tuesdays and Thursdays I sleep a little later but usually I am up and moving no later than 6am. I have noticed so many benefits that I would have never thought of...
I obviously couldn't sleep that night. That night, I started grinding my teeth again— something that had stopped since I had left Groupon. As I tossed and turned I decided I wouldn't let this get me down. I would approach this situation like I would approach any design problem. I finally fell asleep and around 10am I woke up and got started.