I don’t know who you are, but if you’re a 20-something person in your last year of college without a slight idea of where to go next – congrats! Welcome to the club!
Remember Freshmen year? God, that was the best period of our lives. New environment, new classes, new people. Endless parties, millions of interests, various lectures and conferences to keep us entertained and educated. That was the time when you thought “I got this. I know exactly what I want. Life is awesome.” … Well, now you wish you could look at that teenager and say “Hell no! Wait until you’re in your twenties”.
It’s crazy how much can change in three or four years. How the people who used to be your friends are replaced by other people, who are your friends now. How the subjects you used to admire are now useless notes in your notebook. How the career idea you so wanted to aspire is just “not your thing” anymore. How the beginning of something exciting becomes the ending of something miserable.
Believe me. I get it.
All the dreams, all the “bucket lists” and experiences seem like a complete waste of time and energy. There you are, about to graduate, thinking that you made a huge mistake applying in the first place since you stopped having a vision of the future.
Are you done beating yourself up? Okay… Take a deep breath.
Understand that you are not the only one going through this and it is not the end of the world.
A very close friend of mine used to say “This is all a part of the experience.” And YES IT IS!
You think you wasted time? Wrong! You learned a lot. You got an education about a field you didn’t know anything about before. You got to meet people. People who influenced you into becoming who you are now. You grew a lot from when you were 17. You learned how to deal with deadlines and become more responsible. You figured out how to manage crisis situations.
You found things, and you lost things. Isn’t that life?
It can’t just be progress. Sometimes, it’s all about being lost. It’s about thinking, overthinking, making decisions, changing your mind.
So, even if you go through a different path, this was still “a part of the experience.”
That’s what counts!