Beauty in the Unknown

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.”

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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. =)

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7 thoughts on “Beauty in the Unknown

  1. Enjoy this time of your life. Your mom is always so smart.

    I’m always ready to sit on the beach and read a good book. You’re definitely not alone on that.

    You’re smart and beautiful, Mary Emily and you’ll figure out your next step at the right time.

  2. Well, I am so unbelievably proud of your decision to “embrace the unknown” ahead of you! I know without a shadow of doubt it will all find it’s place and all in good time! “You is kind” “You is smart” “You is BEAUTIFUL” ❀ You are not alone, be it your peers, or adults!! The past few weeks have brought me to a new place in life as well! Empty nest and the ultimate, unfortunate, unforeseen and unlikely turn of events that I could never have imagined has left me with "no one" to take care of! As you know, my best friend, my rock, my compass is MIA weekly! I struggled with it in the beginning, also fought it every step of the way, whilst thinking "this CANNOT be happening to me"!!! Just this week, I made a decision that has launched me onto the path of self discovery. It feels like "deja vu"….when he moved after college, my path during college/marriage/college!
    So as a last resort, I have decided to tackle me! Your blog is inspiring to find my beauty and peace as God sifts me once again. I will embrace this journey and patiently await with excitement to see where it leads.
    Lots of love to you on this night…
    Here is to you and Taylor (my sugar and spice) ❀

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