It depends on the situation, but for most things, I like taking my time getting acclimated. I took my time getting used to living in San Francisco and then I dove into my first apartment and first job. I then took my time finding the next apartment, where I live now, and I am trying to find the right job for me and trying to learn what is right for me at this time. I dove right into college and knew that I wanted to go to school for baking and pastry and get a career in the hospitality industry. I sometimes think what my life would be like if I went to a less specialized school and took more classes other than the culinary/pastry related classes. I am taking classes online and some of the classes are general knowledge such as Biology and Economics. I like that I will also have to take electives that are not related to the hotel and restaurant management courses. I think I might take some art history classes or something like that. I wish I had the opportunity to study abroad like most other college students do so I would not feel left out when I talk to people my age about their experiences overseas that they had and the countries they’ve been to.
This is all about my professional life and my career…about my social life…I definitely dove into that because I did not know anyone in San Francisco before moving here. Now I have been to events and have made friends and connections and know people through these things. Relationships were something I dove into, but now I take them more seriously, and I take my time getting to know someone before getting too serious. It is all interesting to think about in the “age of the Internet” since there’s online dating and blogs and everything else that is out there about me that people can see before even meeting me in person. I can also do a search on the person I might meet online or in the “real world” to see who they are.
So, in different situations, I dive right in, in other situations, I just move one step at a time. I think I generally choose the right path and while I think about how my life would be different if I chose differently, I have no regrets and I also believe that everything happens for a reason. If I did not dive into something, life would be boring and not adventurous.