Carlos Balbuena: Summer Update from Mexico City

Carlos Balbuena: Summer Update from Mexico City

Summer Update

by Carlos Balbuena

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There are lots of different kinds of summers. Summer is a break for many, and a time where most people take their vacations. There are some people that are far from home in a rented flat. They’re listening to music and surfing the web while doing some (home)work. They have their browsers opened to an unexplored tab with a new adventure waiting for them. Perhaps it’s a new place they could call home for a few months, while they explore and learn about their new home.

There are some that took this summer to visit their family (“Long time, no see!”). There are people taking their first steps into a new life, moving on to bigger and better places that are in another country or state. There are also those whose days at school have recently finished. They’re not completely out of the rearview mirror of a university and are still getting the hang of it. They’re still trying to figure out how life works when their time as a student has ended and their time as an official unemployed person begins. Maybe they’re in-between jobs or they’re taking some personal time. And then there’s me.

Promotions Aren’t Everything

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just got promoted. Why? I don’t know, to be quite honest. I recently finished some courses as a way to get more involved in my business, and that was it! I don’t feel like there’s anything different between my old and new job… so far. However, some of my new duties entail having to go see clients and sell them our product.

The company I work for sells software to other companies that make it easier for them to declare their incomes and taxes to the proper authorities. As a philosophy student, I’m really out of my comfort zone! I wouldn’t even be working there if it weren’t for my cousin, who happens to be my boss.

My cousin is eager to start a new business. I guess it’s easy to get bored after doing the same thing for over 20 years, so I guess it’s time for him to make a change. He wants me to run the business eventually and he’s grooming me for it. It’s kinda nice, but it’s also…incarcerating. When I returned from Florida, I knew I wanted to go back to the US sometime. I wanted to try maybe staying for even more time. Maybe I’d try to make a living there. I also want to get to know my own country better. I’ve traveled in ways lots of people wouldn’t dare to try. However, I’m still a newbie when it comes to exploring my own beautiful country.

Finding a Balance

summer update balance market business money brand promotionI want to do all of these things, but I feel that if I were to leave, I would leave a good chance to have a great salary. A great salary would enable traveling and the ability to enjoy certain vain luxuries that every human loves.

Summer for me has been a transition time between school, dreams, and work. I just finished school and now I’m much more involved in my job. I’m also editing a big, big final essay for a different cousin who is about to finish his career. I’ve certainly been busy!

Almost paradoxically, I’m going out a lot more than before. I like to just hang out and walk around town. I’m going to a standup comedy show next week. The (freaking!) Pixies are coming to town next month, and I’m really excited!!! I also bought a violin, though I’m really awful at it. I still have another year of discount prices for my college extracurricular classes. I’m thinking about paying for violin lessons in school since the discount is really good. I want to practice and perfect my English as well, so I would like to keep studying it. All of these needs require figuring out exactly what I want and the path to achieving them. I want to find the proper balance between my job duties and my hobbies and interests.

So, all in all, it has been a summer of transition: a transition between lifestyles. Now, I don’t have to go to school every day because I have no obligatory lessons left. School offers great optional activities, though. So far, it’s going great. I am trying to find a balance in life. We all want that. It’s the ideal thing, isn’t it? 

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