May 26, 2013
Contribution by Stevie Kirby
You know, it’s hard to grow up. There are times when I wish all I had to think about was where to sit in the lunchroom and what type of sneakers to buy instead of the rates for CDs at the bank and electriccompaniesindallas.com/. Don’t get me wrong, I love having the freedom to be able to do what I need to do when I want to do it – staying out until 3 am last weekend isn't something I could have done until now!
But owning a home (even if my dad did buy it for me) and having a 9-5 job is really dragging me down in terms of being able to do what I want. I love that there are so many opportunities for me to meet new people here in Texas because I was really getting tired of the same old people in Alabama. I think the best thing I ever did for myself was leaving the state after college and taking this job in Dallas – it’s enough like home that I don’t feel totally homesick but it’s different enough that it feels like an adventure.
I really wish there were more people who do what I do (I freelance, so I work from home during the day – I call it 9-5 because those are the hours I've set for myself and that’s what I have to do to keep on track) and it’s sometimes lonely here. My friends all work in an office and with other people so there are definitely moments when I wish I was more straitlaced. I could never do a desk job, though, because the inflexibility of working for a large company is just so not how I work and I would have had a really tough time adjusting. I love it here in Dallas but at some point I’m going to have to decide if I’m staying here forever or going back home to Alabama at the right time.