I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to that fact that I am in the work force, I’ve got a social web presence that I am working on strengthening, I feel motivated to continue building my skill set, experiences, and opportunities, and… I am a woman. I am often talking to my roommate about the fact that we’ve recently lost a handful of friends to marriage at the ripe age of 22/23 and how frankly, that scares us to death. How could you possibly be ready to settle that early in life? (Now, with all do respect, to each his own, etc, I’m not judging young marriages at all!) That being said, I have seen some young brides sit around at home, trying to figure out what they do with their lives and what they feel passionate about. Maybe if they felt the pressure of a paycheck and things would be moving a little faster for them…I’m just saying.
I have made some great connections via twitter and other social web outlets and I’ve gotten great advice and encouragement through these connections. (Especially through the lay off and job search phase I just came out of.) However, sometimes I feel frustrated that they aren’t more young women out there who are fearful, ambitious, and worried about the same things. Granted, there are a large number of successful women , it’s my age group that I am often frustrated with. I am blessed to have a handful of great (girl)friends who are in great jobs, law school, etc and who all performing well. They are powerful and successful young women – but why does it feel we are outnumbered?
Maybe these are simply the rantings of a someone who has consistently been the youngest in the office, and is about to start work as part of a team of older males. Either way, I’m learning to fight the self doubt that says, I’m just a young female in this office… and turn those into positive thoughts that assure me I have more insight and more energy and will be better because of it!!