1: Embrace the unknown
When I graduated college, like many, I did not have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. While everyone was worried about jobs and “the next step” I truly found comfort in the unlimited possibilities. You could find me weekly spitting out a different answer as to what my future held from California to Africa, the possibilities were thrilling. For those of you that don’t feel as secure in the unknown, I know it can seem scary to not even have a Plan A. Instead of a meltdown, assure yourself that the future is full of opportunity and it is a good thing! If you are a single, this is a time where taking risks is actually less risky. With no family to support yet, you have no one to answer to except for yourself. Embrace it. Ask yourself what is the worst that can happen? Even if you move to a new city, get a new job, and hate it, all that happens is you move back home and do what you are doing now. Ask yourself what is the worst that can happen, know it won’t be that bad, and embrace the unknown.
2: Consider volunteering
We are wired to believe that once we graduate the next step is always to get that big adult job. There is so much pressure and too many people asking you what the future looks like for you. If you have a dream job, apply for it. But there are many people who have no idea what career they would like to have and that is when I say don’t force it. I graduated in May of 2014 and still do not have an “adult job” That scares some people and irritates others, but I had a goal of soaking up my twenties by doing things I am passionate about. Volunteering in any capacity can be such an awesome experience to become exposed to new things. A few months after graduating college, all of my friends were putting in applications for jobs and I decided to move to the country of Ecuador to work with a volunteer program called Submerge. I have been living here now for five months and because of this trip I have found things I am passionate about that I didn’t even know were in my heart before coming here. You are young; there is no time like now to embrace different cultures, scenery, people, or just new places in your hometown. I challenge you to not make excuses and experience new opportunities.
3: Be okay with your life not looking like everyone elses.
Most of us grew up being taught that going to college, getting a good job, and settling down is the end goal. It’s a beautiful part of life to participate in but don’t do it just because everyone else is. I have never had a strong desire to work an office job or get married young. While the rest of the world stares at you like you are crazy, know that it is okay to be different. There is not a one way formula to succeed at life and you are not everyone else. What you desire your life to look like does not have to be modeled after anyone else and it does not have to please anyone else. As the famous quote goes “you do you”. You will be the most at peace with yourself when you follow your dreams. Never have the fear of the question “what if” and live the life you will be proud of.