I graduate from college on May 5th, 2019.
I’ve never been one of those people that liked hearing “Your life is about to start!” because I firmly believe that it’s important to live life to the fullest throughout, rather than waiting for certain milestones like New Year’s, graduation or marriage to “start life” or “start over.”
But, I don’t know, ever since I turned 22 last month, I seriously feel it. I feel what people are talking about. I guess instead of saying “life’s about to start,” I would rather just say a new chapter is about to begin. A new chapter of life.
I’m tearing up writing this because it’s not like I didn’t love the last chapter of my life. It’s not like I don’t cherish the memories and the moments. I am so beyond grateful for everyone and everything in my life. I have been so fortunate to have had multiple chapters that I hold close and look back on fondly. Since starting college, I’ve been able to call Columbus, New York City and Strasbourg, France my homes. I have been blessed with these multiple mini chapters that have shaped the past four years of my life and that make me who I am today. And I’m so happy to look back on those chapters with love and feelings of growth.
I think 22 feels different because you’re past the wonderment and weirdness of being “in your twenties.” You can look back and say wow, I did that. The accomplishments, the travel, the low points, the below low points…it all adds up to one big thing: you. And now, this person, a compilation of everything you have learned and become these past four years of college, is moving on. Growing up. Starting a new chapter of life. And it should be exciting.
Seriously, there’s no reason to not be excited—whether you have a job or not, know what you want to do or not. Whether you’re going back home for a while, or going somewhere where you don’t know a soul. The matter of fact is, this is a new chapter and we get to do whatever we want with it. It’s not time to become complacent, it’s time to chase our dreams.
(Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who could get nostalgic about a concert ticket stub).
Hard work has officially paid off, and this is the time to look forward at this next chapter with a smile. A time to look forward at conquering whatever gets thrown our way.
And I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. And you should be, too.
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