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All my plans are blurred and hazy | IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARSICANS

I recently got an email from Marsicans about their new single, Your Eyes. I had a listen as I love the lads and their music and the songs gave me some inspiration for today's post. Your Eyes is not yet released and will be out on 26th February (you can expect a full review then).

"All my plans are blurred and hazy" is one of the main line of lyrics that stood out to me in Your Eyes. I always knew what I wanted to do, ever since I was young: a film producer, a fashion designer, a choreographer, a public relations manager. I can keep going and going. When you're young, you have ambitions and in the past few years it has become clear to me that I love the media industry.

I began a Level 3 course in Media and am very close to finishing it. Everyone is heading off to university and I think that this is the first time in my life where "all my plans are blurred and hazy". I have no guaranteed job, I've not applied for uni and all I know is that by the time I'm 24, I want to have moved out of Leicester.

Photo Credits to Bilal Delair
There's an expectation for young people to go to university and before you know it "everyone has fallen into all these 9 to 5s" (another line of lyrics from Your Eyes that stuck out to me). Choosing not to got to university and to not apply at all, is a risk but it's an exciting risk. I don't want a 9-to-5 job, I want a job that's going to keep me on my toes and take me different places every week. 

I always knew that I didn't want to go to university but a part of me was afraid to apply at all. I've spoken to countless people in the industry and they have all agreed that experience is better than a qualification but if someone offered for me to go to uni tomorrow, all expenses paid, I think I'd go. 

The issue that I came across was picking a subject. I don't like being stuck to one thing, that's why I like media - it's so broad. But now I've reached a point in my life where I need to figure out where I want to be and what I want to be doing. Applying for a specialised course in the industry is hard and it's a bit too soon. I could hate it and I don't want to be wasting my time.

I'm not conforming to the expectation of going to university, one; because I never wanted to and two; because I have no bloody clue what to do with my life. I have dreams and aspirations, I want to be a music manager one day for a record label I love. How I'm going to get there? I have no clue. It's about building relationships and working my ass off to get me where I want to be.

I won't be "running out of time to mess around and play pretend" like in Your Eyes, I will be playing pretend (aren't we all) because I'm taking my first steps into the adult world where I will be building my future, but I'll also be poised and confident because no matter if I've got a degree or not, I try my hardest to improve all the time. For me, working will not be a chore because I love the industry and everything it throws at you.

Media is my passion. Not just a particular part of media, I love it all (the film production, marketing, presenting, graphics, etc). So why choose to go to university and prolong something that I am so excited to take up professionally? I want to experiment in what I love, I want the world to throw me experiences that I'm going to love and allow me to self discover. 

My dream career has changed about 6 times over the course of two years. Now? Now it's about self exploration. To find out what I excel in. To jump in with two feet and not worry about what qualifications I have and don't have. To not compare myself to others because we're all different. 

This is the main point behind this post, we're all different. We all have different ideas for our future and how we want to get there. I want to look good in the eyes of others but at the end of the day, I'm living my life how I want to live it so really, do I care about people's expectations for me? No, I don't.

Wait until you hear Your Eyes, Marsicans have made a banging track!

Until next time...

*This is to promote Marsican's new single and is an ad. I was not asked to say anything specific in this post.

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