I'm the kind of guy that responds to the question, "How's it going," by saying that I'm living the dream. Sometimes people don't believe me, sometimes they laugh, sometimes they sarcastically say, "me too, man."
A friend of mine recently sent me a tweet that read something like, "people who say they're living the dream are really dying on the inside." I don't know why, but this really caught me off guard. I have been incredibly blessed along my journey developing as a professional and even on my crappiest of days I still believe, with all my heart, that i'm living the dream.
I have had the opportunity to work at my alma mater for the last few years. As I come close to finishing my Master's Degree (December 2018!!!!), I realize how lucky I have been for someone to have taken a chance on me as only a young kid with a bachelor's degree in communication studies to come on in a student life position.
Before I accepted a position at my alma mater, I was training to be a financial service representative with a company in my hometown. I know what you're thinking, and no, I'm not sure what life would have been like for me as an insurance guy. During the interview process for that job, I was asked to consider what my life would be like 5 years into the future. I described a future where I was working in higher education, working with student leadership development, and giving back to my community. Ladies and Gentlemen, I described my current job which didn't exist until a year later. How crazy is that!
So, my friends, that is why I am "living the dream" even on my crappiest days. My current reality completely matches the reality I described now a little over three years ago. I have my dream job and I work with some truly amazing students, I am married to the love of my life, and work feet away from my best friend. I am living the dream!