Life after college: one year later
Graduating from college felt like taking a plunge into a realm of life that I was neither familiar with nor prepared for. I had spent four years of my life to get a piece of paper that was not a check for the amount of money I owed back in student loans. I had spent four years of my life staying up late studying for tests, having emotional breakdowns and eating sleep for dinner- just to get to this one day a year ago.
So, what's happened?
Far, far, FAR from what I had sorta kinda "planned" in my mind.
Life after college has been a rollercoaster. That's such a cliché thing to say, but it's so true. While I'd love to say that I'm working the job of my dreams, growing in my career path and traveling the world... that's just not the case. There have been many ups and many downs, and I've learned to be grateful for everything.
When you graduate they don't tell you about the post-grad depression or the endless job applications for companies that won't even glance at your resume. They don't tell you about the moments where you equate your worth to having or not having a job. They don't tell you that the process looks different for everyone and you'll find yourself comparing yourself to everyone's highlight reel on Instagram.
Adulting ain't easy and quite frankly I'd much rather cancel my subscription, but that's really not an option. Life after college has shown me that my support system is not only strong, but always present.... even when it doesn't feel like it. They've lifted me up and encouraged me when I needed it and helped me out even when I was too prideful to open up my mouth and ask for help.
The transition from college life back to living at home hasn't been the smoothest. It's not easy going from the most structured part of my life (school) and no longer having it at all. To be completely honest, I'm still adjusting.
One year later and I'm not quite where I want to be, but I know this is where God has me and it's where I'm supposed to be.
One year later and I've grown spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I've taken the time to sit and be still- asking myself the hard questions and getting to the root of problems that I no longer want to hold me back.
One year later and I've finally learned to stop comparing myself to others. Their journey is specifically and uniquely made for them. Comparisons only make my life less enjoyable, so I stick to my own path.
One year later and I understand the purpose of being intentional in certain seasons of life. I understand what it means to be still, lean on God and grow in wisdom/knowledge while I wait.
If you're like me and you're coming up on your one year of being out college and you're not where you want to be yet or things haven't been working out the way you want... keep holding on. Keep putting in the work and doing what you need to do, but leave the rest up to God.
Here's another cliché: it's a marathon, not a race. Keep growing and glowing. Choose to enjoy the process, even when it doesn't feel enjoyable. You got this. I got this. We got this.
Graduating from college felt like taking a plunge into a realm of life that I was neither familiar with nor prepared for..... but I'm making it.
Thanks for reading, and don't forget... Be great! xoxo.