As graduation season is quickly approaching (two more weeks), the question everyone has been asking me is, what I am planning on doing after graduation. This question makes me wanna scream, I haven’t even graduated college yet or the chance to celebrate my accomplishments and people already expect me to have my entire life planned out? Doesn’t make any sense to me and here’s why …
Planning the perfect life after graduation, being able to answer the dreaded “Where do you see yourself in 5 years” question … it seems like the normal thing to do as a second semester college senior doesn’t it? But is spending some of our last weekends as a college students crafting the perfect resume and on LinkedIn for hours of applying for jobs worth it?
I mean planning is good, it keeps us organized and makes sure we don’t forget important dates, but over-planning causes huge amounts of stress that’s not even relevant at this moment in time. What’s going to happen five years from now should not be stressing us out right now. We are young, we are free and we have endless opportunities to make memories and live our lives in the present, to live our lives now and not for what may or may not happen in the future.
We do not need to have it all figured out right now. The average person has nine different careers in their lifetime, that means we have nine different chances to figure out what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Don’t plan so much that we don’t even have the time to make mistakes, the time to travel and experience different cultures and ways of life. If we are so worried about our five year plan and landing a dream job after graduation, we won’t have time to experience what’s going on right now, in this moment.
At this age and as soon to be college graduates, life is about exploring. Exploring our passions and discovering what we like and what we don’t like. Finding out who we are, finding out what inspires us to be the best possible version of ourselves. So, close the laptop screen and put the resumes away … go out and take that risk, buy the plane ticket, let go of the fear, and live for now. Life is short and it is only what we make of it.
P.S. don’t worry, we aren’t suppose to have it all figured out yet !