Graduation was about a month ago and I have to be completely honest, this transition period is completely out of my element.
Since I wasn't one of the lucky few to land a job before or right after graduation, I've been doing some after-school babysitting. It's not much but it's something. One of the kids just had his last day of 5th grade, meaning that he "graduates" from intermediate school and will be moving up to middle school in the fall. This school district has multiple middle schools and high schools in the area. Once the students complete intermediate school they go to a middle school closer to their home.
This newly graduated fifth-grader was visibly melancholy upon his arrival home. Knowing it was his last day of school, and seeing the delight and relief of his siblings, I asked him why he wasn't excited that his summer had finally kicked off. In response, he said "I'm moving to a different middle school than my friends next year. I might never see them again. What if I don't make new friends? It's just a weird transition."
Kid, I know exactly how you feel.
The past month has definitely been a weird transition. I've always been the independent type so the post-grad life is exciting to me, but the idea of making new friends and figuring out what to do with my life come fall is a bit vexing at the moment…especially as many of my friends getting their lives together.
Christian's going to law school…Rachael is going to China…Meg is going to France…Joni got her dream job…and I'm just stuck. Now don't me wrong, I am ecstatic for my friends and their wonderful achievements. I'm so excited to see their dreams come true and to be able to celebrate with them.
I just never imagined the job hunt being such a struggle, or not knowing what I want to do with my life. I would like to consider myself a "Jane of all trades." I'm talented in many areas but not the best at any single anything. I love the thought of working in PR…or marketing…or event planning…or journalism…or fashion…or…or...
Life is full of uncertainty, and change. It seems to me that this uncertainty is waiting around every corner in throughout our lives. From the uncertainty of finding friends after the fifth grade, to the uncertainty of finding a way to prosper in the world after college we are all faced with amazing challenges. I can only hope that whatever challenge I may face, it will prepare me for more to come.
There are so many directions in which life may take me in the fall. It's a bit terrifying. I have no idea what the future holds for me, but what I do know is that I will not settle for mediocrity.
What challenges are you facing?
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