Transitions in Life

Transitions can be exciting. They can also be terrifying. I’m coming up to a huge transition phase in my life in a couple short months. Although I typically love change… finding it new and exciting, this particular transition that’s coming up is actually terrifying me. On December 10th, I’ll officially be done my Mechanical Biomedical Engineering degree. Time for the real world. Oh dear.

I put off being a member of the real world by a few extra years when I returned to school for a second undergraduate degree, and now that that’s coming to an end, it’s even more frightening than it was the first time around. The first time around I thought I wanted to go to medical school so graduating didn’t really mark a clear cut end of student life, just a small break before I return to school. But this time, I don’t plan on returning to school. This time, I’m diving head first into real life. This time, I actually need to find a job and I want to actually love this job.

Progression
Progression shots of ‘In Transit’

 

My paintings are often a reflection of what’s going on in my life, especially since I tend to paint as a way of stress relief. A few weeks ago, I painted a couple of boats, and then again this past week I was drawn towards painting a boat. Boats help us cross an obstacle. They help make transitions possible.

I guess it’s clear what inspired this painting, called “In Transit“.

In Transit - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
In Transit – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

 

As terrified as I am, I’m trying to stay optimistic. That’s why this boat is on a bright, sunny beach.

 

Zoomed in view of boat
Zoomed in view of boat

 

However, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. What if I don’t find a job? Am I going to have to move back in with my parents (who I love dearly, but they’re 700km away… and I’m 26)…? ?

 

Another zoomed in section
Another zoomed in section

 

Should I apply to Starbucks? But would Starbucks even hire me with 2 degrees? Maybe I’ll make a separate resume for Starbucks…

Side View
Side view

Just a fraction of the thoughts going through my head everyday. So for now, I leave you with this bright, sunny painting of a boat, that I’ve affectionately named “In Transit“.

I need a job.
I need a job.

 

How do you feel about transitions in life? Exciting? Scary? Both or neither? 

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13 thoughts on “Transitions in Life

  • October 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm
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    I think you will do very well in your chosen career Agata. Best wishes in your endevor. Love the painting, I like how you think with the boat as a vessel to cross an obstacle. You have an awesome smile too!! 🙂

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    • October 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm
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      Thank you John. I sure hope you are right 🙂

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  • October 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm
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    Change is hard for me. Last year I had to relocate from the hospital I worked at for 39 years to a new, huge facility just a mile or so up the road and I had panic attacks. The Bible says we are all like sheep. They got that right. Thank God Jesus said He is the Good Shepherd. Pray Agata. God delights in us calling out to Him. Jeremiah 33:3 says when you do He will show you great and mighty things. By the way, I love this picture!

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    • October 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm
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      I’m sorry to hear that you had to go through that. Change can be very difficult sometimes.I sincerely hope that you are doing better now and have adjusted to the new hospital. I wish you all the best!

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  • October 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm
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    My sympathies re: your anxiety. =| The good thing is life, like your happy boat, can make changes in direction. Pick a goal, go for it but knw you can and will make adjustments as you go along.

    Don’t freak yourself out! 😉

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    • October 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm
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      Thanks Laurel! I’m trying not to… and usually I’m okay then every once in a while I play out all the worse case scenarios in my head and start to freak out. I’m trying to stay positive though 🙂 Things always have a way of somehow working out, right?!

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  • October 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm
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    With your hard work and energy, you will be a success your whole life. Congrats on your achievement– and please stay with the art wherever life takes you! 🙂

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    • October 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm
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      Thanks Katy! I have a feeling the art is sticking around no matter where I go/what I do 🙂

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  • October 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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    Ditto what everyone else says Agata! Love the painting, and the video is great too 🙂

    I do empathise, I do. The start of any journey can be tough, but even if you don’t get to where you *think* you ought to be, there will be unexpected delights in your alternate path or destination.

    I wrote a post about this a while ago, you may find it interesting, and best wishes to you in this exciting – if challenging time!
    https://marijasmits.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/when-being-stuck-in-a-bad-job-is-a-good-thing/

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    • October 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm
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      Thanks Marija 🙂 You’re right, things always have a way of working out and we rarely end up where we “thought we should be”…

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  • October 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm
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    Good luck Agata! I like how your paintings are a reflection of what’s going on in your life. Beautiful colors in the painting.

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    • October 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm
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      Thanks Dave. I find it hard not to project what’s going on in my life into my paintings. Sometimes the story behind a painting isn’t so obvious, but there’s usually one there.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm
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    Good luck on your chosen career! But wherever life takes you, please don’t leave painting behind. You have amazing hands that makes great artworks! 🙂

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