Gaining Perspective: Life After College

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College Graduation Party

I’ve been a college graduate for almost two years, and I have to say… things have been difficult. I have been fortunate, compared to most. I had amazing experiences in college, and despite going to four different schools and changing majors a bajillion times, I graduated with an average amount of debt.

Something isn’t right though. I don’t feel fulfilled. I know I’m not the only one suffering from a “quarter-life crisis,” but should I be feeling this way when my life looks perfect on the outside? I am a blessed individual, and by society’s standards, my life is perfect. I am almost 25 years old, engaged to be married in May, with a stable job and income. I have a dog, a man, good friends, a nice apartment, and just enough debt to make me feel like a responsible adult. Heck, I even have health and dental insurance! This is what the American dream is all about, right?

Then why does it feel so underwhelming? Middle-aged adults might say, “THIS IS LIFE! GET USED TO IT!” I say, HELL NO. Then I realize, I was always happiest in college because I was continually propelling towards something. I was pushing towards graduation and a diploma. It took me six years, but I never stopped. Now… I do nothing. I go to work, come home, make dinner, spend time with my fiance, and walk Motley. Don’t get me wrong… I love this, but I need some goals.

This is my problem. I have no goals. Sure, I have to-do lists all over the place, but I don’t have actual long-term goals. Mike and I have committed to paying off our debt, but that’s about as far as our goals go. I think we both feel a little aimless right now. Mike uses skateboarding and music. I use video games and cooking. These are our escapes.

It’s time for something different.

So let’s make a change, shall we? I don’t want to wake up ten years from now wondering where my life went. At nearly 25 years of age, I have a LOT of life left in me. You could say I’m just getting started.

Throughout the coming months, this space is going to change. I’m going to change. Everything is going to change. I hope you’ll come along with me for the ride. I hope we can encourage each other throughout the ups and downs.

We all know there’s a beautiful life out there, if we’re just brave enough to grab it.

Let’s do this thing.

Tell me what you think!