My grandmother has always told me the older you get, the faster time goes. As I sit here writing this, I know that this is the most truthful advice I have ever been given. To give my reflective tone context, I want to preface the following with that less than a week ago I graduated from the University of Texas. Nostalgia and a bit of introspection seems natural at this crossroads in life, right?
School and my education have been one of the most defining forces in my life. I always loved school and always worked hard to do well throughout. School was a platform for me to test boundaries and success, so what now? Many of you reading this may look back on this time of the post-grad stage with nothing but joy and happiness, but is that the retrospective? Because frankly, I’m a little terrified to take this plunge into the ‘real world’.
That being said, I am so thankful for where I am right now in this exact moment- I know that I am one of the luckiest people alive. I am lucky enough to live in my favorite city where a ton of family and friends live and I am embarking on a career that I am deeply passionate about. What makes me nervous, though, is that I may not appreciate this time enough, or that I won’t take advantage of all the opportunities I possibly could. Every tidbit of advice from family members has seemed to center around the fact that all I need to do is sit back and enjoy this precious moment in time.
These moments and time, it is almost as rare as they get. It is just me. I am doing this alone on my own and this is what I love the most. The fear and nerves are minuscule when compared to the pure joy and pride I get from being independent.
I am slowly transforming into an adult- every aspect of my life is changing around me it seems. My Uncle pointed out to me at a celebration post-graduation, just how rare it is to be at a point in your life where you can truly see major changes happening in time. A chapter in my life is closing in front of my eyes, and another is rapidly opening.
This next part of my story is all unfolding so quickly- almost too quickly for me to take in. I mean in the past week alone, I have purchased a new car, signed a new apartment lease, and my very best friend is engaged to one of the most outstanding men. Oh yeah! And I graduated from college…It truly has been an eventful and life-altering week- in the best way.
That may sound dramatic, but my adult life is taking hold. I am nervous, curious, but most of all excited and hopeful for my future. I am blessed to be where I am (even though my nervous may be getting the best of me) and all I can do is stay optimistic, excited, and curious about what the post-grad world will hold for me.