In about five months I will be graduating college and entering the so-called “real” world. Unlike many (dare I say most?) soon-to-be college grads out there, I am not afraid. And I’ll tell you why.
What is there to be afraid of?
The world has been real since the day I was born, and I have been living in it just fine. There’s really no reason to be scared. It feels like everyone is freaking out about graduating because everyone else is freaking out about graduating. This spiral effect of learning fear from each other is not okay.
So what if we actually change the course of this entire process and stop being scared and influencing others to be scared too? Well…then graduation would be a lot easier on everyone. There would be so much less pressure and so much more embracing of the moments. There would be more inspiration. Less paralyzing, long-term thoughts. More excitement. Less fear. I think that’s what we need.
If you don’t know what you are afraid of, you can’t be afraid. Post-graduation does not mean the end of your life. In fact, it means the beginning. It signifies this HUGE accomplishment and the many more to come. Sure, nostalgia will come and visit a little more often, but that’s not so bad when you have beautiful memories to look back on right?
My pledge on this January 14th of the year 2014 is to not be scared. I will enjoy these last few months, as if the end of my college career is not right around the corner of April and May. And I will accept that whatever plans I have or don’t have, and wherever I am or am not, after graduation, it does not have to be permanent. Change will always be around the corner of tomorrow and the next day…so let go of expectations, and embrace to the beauty of not knowing instead.
Life will be real whether or not you haven’t entered the “real” world.