“Grown up” (and influence) is what you make it
This week I have been feeling old. I know, I know. Twenty-two is not old, but I couldn’t help but wonder how I’d gotten to a point where a friend I’ve known since fifth grade is having her first baby. Today at her baby shower, surrounded by my oldest (and dearest) friends, I realized something: grown up is what you make it.
Growing up it seemed as though adults had their lives together. They had a stable job, a house and a family. So when do I get to be a grown-up? I’m a college graduate still trying to find my place and settle down. When will I be a bona fide adult?
The answer came to me as I was jumping on a trampoline with my best friend. Of all the places in the world to be!
I have many friends who are getting married and a few starting their families. I have plenty of friends who are starting their careers in brand-new cities and places. I also have many a friend who are still unsure where to go next. Are any of us more adult than the next?
The conversation between bounces turned to those friends we know who are gainfully employed, but want to spend all of their free time going out, hittin’ the bars and just having fun. We both ended up admitting we wanted to stay at our friend’s baby shower all night but could not. She needed to return to Madison for pharmacy school, and I needed to drive back to Chicago for work.
So maybe, we decided, we’re grown up because we have to make those decisions. We may not have all the responsibilities just yet, but our mindset is still the same.
A post written on Friday by a fellow UNC grad came to mind. Katie Wall wondered how the online greats seem to come up with content that sparks conversation and gets them noticed. Why can’t I have great influence online?
I think influence, much like “grown up,” is what you make it. Twice already I have been asked to provide insight and suggestions related to public relations measurement, about which I’m very passionate. I may not have 10,000 followers on Twitter, but those that do follow me know me for my passion.
I am influential because I have shown my passion for measurement and continue to contribute to the conversation. It’s important to remember that there is not set number or metric to determine influence (or “grown up”). Influence is what you make it.
Think about it. How are you influential?
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