BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Zeena

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Zeena

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Zeena Garnett
A Black Girl About Town
Age • 25

“It was KFC and I was making just over minimum wage – but it was putting cash in my pocket. I wasn’t always grateful because I felt like I should’ve been further in life.”

BEING Young & Twenty means you don’t have it figured out.

That’s okay!

Some days, you may feel like you have all your ducks in a row and other times, it can feel like you’re barely keeping your head above water.

Again, that’s okay!

You’re not a failure if you don’t make the Forbes List by 21, or become the Head of a big company by 25. Everything is a process and greatness takes time.

After I graduated college, I needed a job.

My former boss was gracious enough to re-hire me. It was KFC and I was making just over minimum wage, BUT it was putting cash in my pocket. I wasn’t always grateful because I felt like I should’ve been further in life.

I remember waiting for the bus one night after work and seeing a girl who I’d gone to college with. I was so embarrassed of her seeing me in my KFC uniform that I didn’t speak. I pretended not to see her. Here I was with a degree, working at a fast-food joint. What happened to my big plans? Surely she’d go back and talk about me to all of our mutual acquaintances.

The big picture is that we all have our own journey and that job was just a stepping stone on my journey. It may not have been ideal but having that experience is part of the reason I am the woman that I am today.

It’s part of the reason that I can sit here and tell someone else that it’ll be okay.

You’ll be fine.

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