I am under 3 months away from graduating. I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally finish this accomplishment. With excitement though, there is also uncertainty about what comes next. Some graduating seniors are already all locked into their next step, but I
believe there are desperately hope there are more like me out there who don’t necessarily know what they are going to do next.
My mom made an interesting point the other day that for the past 16 years…ever since I began kindergarten, my next step has already been established for me. After the end of every year there was a summer break followed by the next step in my educational journey, be it 3rd grade, 8th grade, or freshman year of college. For the first time in 16 years August doesn’t necessarily include schooling (minus grad school). My next step is an open book…for the first time it is not overwhelmingly expected for me to go to school. This in itself is overwhelming. Like holy moly all of a sudden everything is up to me por completo.
This is scary. But at the same time kind of exciting. There is beauty in this unknown period of life. I am young. We, my fellow unsure seniors are young…and smart. Despite my fears, I am excited to have this time to figure things out, or try new things. And from here on out when people ask me what I am going to do after graduation my honest response will be “sit on the beach.”
I’ve got plans and ideas as I’m sure most everyone does, but there shouldn’t be too much of a rush to locking yourself down and having it all figured out. My personality naturally finds beauty and peace in having a plan and knowing what is coming next. But I am slowly coming around to finding beauty in the unknown, embracing this new phase of life and getting excited about it.
And now I extend the idea to you. Whoever out there is reading this. Are you about to graduate and experiencing some of the same feelings? Anyone burnt out a little bit and ready to sit on the beach and read a good book? Fingers crossed I’m not alone. =)