If you’re like me, you’re not entirely sure what you want to be when you grow up.
Maybe you’re not sure if you’re already "grown-up" because something’s still lacking, maybe not sure if you’re taking the right steps towards your image of adulthood, or maybe you want to be something else and plan to never stop growing and moving forward. If any of these situations resonate with you, maybe you need to figure your s#!t out. YNPN-TC has your back. They recently hosted an event to help you do just that.
You can always count on YNPN-TC to introduce you to a neat hangout, whether it’s a brewery, a restaurant, or an organization so impressive that you find yourself returning to volunteer. This event was hosted by Sisyphus Brewery, a cozy new taproom nestled by the 94 and Dunwoody College and named for a Camus quote. And on the brewery stage for the night was The Theater of Public Policy, an improv group that explains difficult concepts through skits determined by audience participation. They were going to help us figure s#!t out.
The crowd socialized for a couple minutes, drinking and talking to new and familiar faces, and then we sat, hopefully with a mix of both. I was surprised to find I had only a few degrees of separation with the "strangers" at my table!
The Theater of Public Policy — or T2P2 for short — came onstage with piano accompaniment and asked us all to write down bad goals, vague goals, impossible goals, sloppy goals, just to get them out of our system. We contributed our jokes and fears and examples on little slips of paper that they rounded up and acted out. Some people wanted to be the best, some people wanted to make more money or be rich, some people wanted to please others or compete with others in their lives.
T2P2 had us all laughing as they illustrated the ridiculousness of these kinds of dreams. I was personally very happy to see them work my horrible goal into their story, although I’d be ashamed to admit which one it was.
During the intermission, we were asked to write down valid goals, well-defined, important, and possible things we could take clear steps towards. With partners chosen from those at our tables, we exchanged information, explained our goals, listed at least one actionable step, and agreed to help each other reach them. My table also gave each other advice, relating and commiserated with each other, because we were all in similar places.
For example, I will need to begin a job search soon. I’m currently an Americorps volunteer, like many in the room, and have been thinking hard about what I want out of life after Americorps.
Many were searching for jobs, new or better nonprofit positions. Others wanted children but needed to save and plan first. Some wanted to be more mindful, to change their inner thoughts instead of their surroundings. Others wanted to travel, to Croatia or other places. T2P2 managed to pull all these desires together into a series of skits that had us laughing (sometimes at ourselves) while we were thinking. I came to feel that the more intimidating aspects of my goals were perhaps, not that scary.
That makes one goal clarified, one step taken. I left the event with my mind a little less heavy, my future a little more defined. And now I have more tools to develop additional elements of my desired future, as well as a few friends who’ll help me get there.