Graduation of any kind, is generally accompanied by feelings of accomplishment, freedom, and hope for what the next stage of life will bring. Of course these feelings are appropriate and well-deserved. After going through the challeneges leading up to graduation anyone should feel proud - it was probably a hard battle! As it certainly was for me! And everyone deserves a breather and at least a few moments basking in the light of reward.
Strangely I couldn't allow myself to do this - to stop and soak it up. I was solely focused on the future and couldn't rest in the present freedom. I felt like I had to immediately get back to work, to start developing new projects, to network, and to apply for jobs. I felt like I needed to race, to rush, into this new phase of life with the same urgency as I would a fast-approaching deadline for fear that those monstrous student loans would soon become an overwhelming burden. On top of that I've felt terribly confused about how to really propel myself into a fulfilling creative career path. Despite these feelings I was also simply exhausted! After months, years even, of challenging work my body and mind simply needed a break.
Choosing rest has been by far the better choice, as its allowed me the time to get back to self-care. I've gotten back to meditating almost every day, to eating nourishing whole foods, to workouts and yoga most days of the week, to seeing my boyfriend more than just once a week, and to sleep (next I have to work on seeing all of my favorite people!). What this period of rest has also allowed though is time for reflection, time to ask the big questions: What kind of life do I really want to lead? What do I want to do? Am I doing the right thing? What kind of jobs look like the right fit? What looks rejuvenating, fun, and interesting? What am I afraid of? And, what is it that is truly important to me?
Post-graduation is always a confusing time, especially for those seeking careers in creative industries but by encouraging this kind of reflection I think it clarifies things. Asking myself the big questions helps me make better choices, and hopefully points me in the direction of more meaningful work that I can be truly passionate about and ultimately a more fulfilling life.
So, I'll continue following the heart and choose every day to not give up searching for a way to meld my desire to create and my desire to help others.
Until next time!
What are your thoughts? Are there any other recent graduates out there who are also confused, or feeling a little lost? What are you doing to help figure things out?