OPINION – Graduating college isn’t easy as I thought it would be. I am now two years post-graduation and I am not where I want to be. Lately, I’ve been feeling extra glum because I have yet to find myself in at least an entry-level position in my career field. I am doing all I can to the best of my ability, but I cannot seem to catch a break. Through social media, I see my friends succeeding in all aspects like taking trips, having children, and getting engaged and while saying this doesn’t mean I’m not happy, I am just upset that I am not progressing as well. Everyone seems to be progressing except for me, that is the most frustrating part for me.
It is hard for me to know when to move on to the next phase of my life. Think of my situation as someone who is waiting to jump into a double Dutch rope, that is how I see my life right now. Currently, I am working a part-time job and I like what I do but I know that there is something better for me career- wise, but I do not know when that will be coming. I feel left-behind and the need to catch up with everyone. I know that life is a marathon and not a sprint but I keep wondering how come blessings aren’t coming to me.
Now, I know that I shouldn’t say these things and my time will come *rolls eyes* but I know I am only saying those things because I know that there is something out there bigger than myself. This only makes me want to work harder. Although my career is taking a while to come to fruition, I know that there is something I’m not doing right now that is inhibiting me from making my potential career dreams a reality.
With that being said, here are some things that I will, and maybe you should as well, start doing to help post-graduation life become a bit better:
- Journaling: I use this a lot because I do not always have someone who I trust to talk to, and that is when journaling is key because what I truly need is to make sense of what is in my head.
- Vision Board: some people say seeing is believing, and I believe that having this would serve as a reminder of my goals so when I do feel left behind I can look at what I am working towards and have some reassurance that I will get there soon.
- Talking it Out: Like number one, this option gives me the chance to get my feelings out to a physical person instead of a piece of paper (although that works as well). There is nothing like having a good conversation with someone you can confide in and the feeling you get afterwards.
I am in no way out of this funk but I know that one day I will look back on this part of my life and be proud of how I have persevered to get where I am. However, as I write this I feel like I’m complaining a bit because I feel like no one else is going through this, to me I feel like everyone is doing good, but assuming is not always a good thing. This is just a way to get what I am thinking out of my head onto paper because in a weird way it becomes less intimidating.
By: Kaycia Sailsman
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