Entourage used to be one of my favorite television shows. In it the lead character, Vincent Chase, is an actor trying to make it in Hollywood with the help of his rag-tag crew of friends, each of which have their own talents and story lines. An episode would start with an issue in Vince’s career and, with the help of his friends and overbearing and hilarious agent, Ari Gold, he would overcome the obstacle presented. Women, money, drugs, cars and celebrity cameos were the “flash” in each episode. The constant theme throughout the show was Vince’s unrelenting attitude that everything was going to work out. He’d have a smile on his face throughout the episode, regardless of the challenges presented, because he thought ‘it’ll all be okay’. And it was.
Granted, it was a television show. The characters were rich and famous. And they weren’t dealing with real world problems. It stands to reason, however, that a positive outlook will serve you well.
At the end of my maternity leave, I wasn’t sure where I stood with my job. I wanted something more. I loved reading and writing and I was good at customer service. It clicked that I wanted to work in a library. In order to make that happen, I had to go back to university and get my Masters of Library and Information Studies degree.
Problem #1: my GPA wasn’t high enough. Okay, I could handle that; I spoke to an adviser and learned that I could take a couple of correspondence courses through Athabasca University to bring up my marks.
Problem #2: I wanted Fall 2016 admittance and the deadline for admittance was Feb 1, 2016. At the time I decided to do this, it was October. Usually the Athabasca courses ran for 6 months. I had to condense 2 courses into 2.5 months in order to complete my final exams in December so that I could work on and submit my application in January for the University’s February deadline. I did this while parenting 2 small children and going back to full time work in November.
I worked probably the hardest I’ve ever worked – any time the kids were asleep or occupied I read course material or hammered out essays. My husband and I went to Mexico and there I was in our hotel room, submitting assignments and doing required reading. I’d come home from work, make dinner, play with the kids, put them to bed, then work on school until midnight. I received the marks from my courses and got the A’s that I needed to advance my GPA.
With confidence, I submitted my masters application. I waited. Aaaaaaand I didn’t get in. I met all program requirements but didn’t make the cut for the competitive GPA.
I was disappointed, yet not as much as I thought I would be. I was happy that I had worked so hard towards a goal and tried my best. I was glad that in the two years to come I wouldn’t be overburdened with school, homework, a part time job and parenting my boys. And returning to my job hadn’t been as painful as I’d initially thought. For all these reasons I was okay with not being accepted. Most of all though, I figured “everything will work out.”
When dealing with day to day stress or big, life changing events, I have to believe that everything will work out. My life is better for it.
Disappointment is inevitable, however one of life’s constants is how inconsistent it is. A positive outlook is difficult to maintain at all times but if you look at the world through rose colored glasses life is a blessing. If you expect the best out of life, the best will be rewarded to you.
So be like Vinny Chase. Take care of those around you. Be loyal. Be humble. Work hard. It’ll work out.