This time of year is filled with graduations, weddings, showers, and all sorts of change. As I think back to graduating from high school and from college, there are things I wish I could have told my younger self. Today, I thought I’d share some of those things for anyone out there going through a time of change.
- Don’t rush through it: I was more than ready to graduate high school and even more ready to graduate college. Sometimes I wish that I had told myself to slow down and enjoy the phase of life I was in, rather than only be looking toward the ending. As I get older, I realize sometimes the best things happen when we stop and enjoy the now, taking in and learning from our current experiences.
- Working full time will be just as tiring if not more tiring than being a student: I was surprised just how exhausted I was when I had to go from being a FT student to a FT worker. I had this idea that students were busy 24/7 and adults just went to work during the day and came home and did nothing else. I still struggle to find balance and often find it difficult to get everything I need to get done, while still having time to myself!
- Finding work is hard: I worked two different jobs after graduation that were not within my field. All the while, I was job hunting within my field for 2 1/2 years. It was incredibly hard and frustrating, but now that I’m working within my field, it has been rewarding. To anyone in the same boat, keep looking and don’t give up. Don’t be afraid to take a job not within your field while still looking!
- Being on your own is a wake up call: I got married three weeks after my college graduation and was thrust in to the “Real world” very quickly. It was awesome to have my own place but it was eye opening to navigate life truly being 100% on your own. It is amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but in the beginning, it can seem daunting and scary. Take it one day at a time, talk to others, learn to budget, and enjoy your new freedoms! I learned so much the first year of being on my own as a person and as a couple.
- It will be okay: It’s scary to not know what you’ll be doing. Especially when everyone is asking you what your plans are every time you interact with another human! Even in my 3 1/2 years being married, I’ve realized that things tend to work themselves out. I struggle to remember this at times, but I try to remain calm and tell myself that I can get through it.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Tell me in the comments below!