I’m gonna be real; I’ve been stressed lately. To. The. Max. And I’ve had numerous what-am-I-even-doing-with-my-life meltdowns in the last few weeks/months. And while I am beyond thrilled for all of my friends, classmates, etc. who are getting their big kid jobs and killing it in the career world, I feel like I’m stuck far far behind them and can’t catch up.
Today, the world puts so much pressure on us. Pressure to graduate in four years, to secure a real-world job before you walk across the stage at your graduation ceremony, to be making enough money to buy a brand new car within your first year post-grad, the list goes on. And on. And it stresses us out! By us, I mean the millennials who are trying to keep up with society’s expectations. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing.
I was fortunate enough to graduate undergrad in four years, which was a miracle since I transferred halfway through college. But at the time I graduated, I felt like I had such a solid plan for my life. I had a degree from the U of A, had work experience, and was ready to take on the real world. Well….. then I moved to Colorado and could not secure said big kid job to save my life. I applied to SO many, and while my nannying job was one of the biggest unexpected blessings ever, it wasn’t what I got into lots of debt getting my degree for.
That’s when I decided to get my Diet Tech certification. I was thrilled when I took my test and passed it, because nutrition is one of my biggest passions. Well…… guess what Beth? No one uses Diet Techs anymore. Things change, jobs change, needs change. So once again, I was baffled at how all the education I’d worked so hard for was getting me nowhere.
Fast forward a few months, a wedding, a foot surgery, and a military move later, and I’m now living in Florida. And guess what else?! I’m back in school, following a whole new path. Crazy right? Who knew. I have to remind myself daily that this is perfectly normal, that I don’t have to have my life planned out to the T at this point. I’m only 24. I’m still figuring myself out, and that’s OKAY.
So the point of all this rambling, while I may be speaking to myself more than anyone else, is to tell those of you who are about to graduate, or graduated recently, or are just unsure of what the actual heck you are doing with yourself — IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY! You have to believe this, or you will cause so many unnecessary problems for yourself! Have faith, and breathe. That’s what this whole process has taught me. And I have seen so many people in my life feeling this same stress and pressure lately, that I had to talk about it.
The only reason I put all of this out there is to hopefully make someone feel like they’re not alone (otherwise I sound like a crazy person rambling… which is pretty likely). Anyways, I hope you guys have a rad Wednesday, thanks for reading!