In my first week as a post grad I am finding it extremely difficult to do the one thing I have been craving for four years: relax. I just can’t seem to settle down and clear my mind, just do nothing. Maybe it’s the fact that I am used to a high stressed, fast paced lifestyle (2-3 tests a week plus other projects) and that has all come to a screeching halt. I find myself looking to get busy and have no free time but at this current moment until my job starts there is quite literally nothing to do but take time off and relax.
It is unnatural but I am finding it is necessary. I have time to think and do things I want to do. I think this will be a beneficial time to discover hobbies and have experiences that will help me define myself post college. Also, it’s nice to sleep in, go for runs outside, and spend hours over my grandmother’s. It’s good to unwind and take a step back, have a breather. I feel re-energized, recharged, and motivated to hit the ground running once my life does pick up again. In a way doing nothing has motivated my want and need to do everything and dive right in again.
So from someone who is not used to relaxation I say, relax! It’s good for you!
Keeping track of everything that goes right keeps our focus on our ultimate goal. Chin up and keep on!
As a soon to be college grad I can tell you one thing that has been haunting my dreams since August, change. The unknown has always had a profound grip on my nerves. I don’t like it but as I have gotten older, I have tried to accept it to the best of my ability.
It’s interesting how four years ago I planned a little life out for myself about how things would go and where I would be in four years. Standing at the end of my college career four years later, it is very different from where I thought I’d be. Some of my plans didn’t work out, some I am still trying to attain, and others (the glorious few) have far exceeded my expectations of what I thought I could accomplish.
As of now, I am not sure what the future holds, I still have my big goals of what I need to do and where I would like to be. It’s just going to be hard to leave Virginia Tech and the comfort of going to classes, sorority meetings, and being surrounded by mountains and Hokie stone. It’s hard to settle with the fact that this time next year I will not be sitting in the Biology Building stressing over classes. It’s even harder to settle with the fact that I have no idea what I will be doing this time next year.
But even though I have these feelings I have to look forward to the future, I have to look change in the eye and say “okay what’s coming next.” Because we can’t just sit around and lament on the past, we can’t become trapped in wishing we could go back in time and do it all over again. We have to look for the future and see what’s in store for us there, because that is where we all are headed, ready or not.