Being a college senior myself and just having graduated last Sunday, I find that there are several individuals who all seem to ask me the same question: “so what’re you gonna do next?”
My response is usually sarcastic: “Well, I’m gonna go get lunch” or “Well, I’m headed to bed right now”. It’s actually quite annoying to have people expecting me to know what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. As if I should have my whole life planned out from birth to teenage to young adult years to mature age and then death. As if there is a formula to life or maybe a book somewhere that states that I should be at certain point in my life at a particular age. As if everyone who has reached adulthood knew what they were doing or going to do to get there. Now I’m not saying that young people should not have goals or aspirations, actually I think that its needed. However it should not be so daunting. I believe it should be O.K. for young people, who are fresh out of college, or working towards a better future, not to know what they are going to do next. Now, I know how contradictory this sounds but what I mean is stop making it a requirement for anyone 25 and under to know what the next day will hold for them. I am not advocating for YOLO or any other ridiculous concept that youth have come up with however I am advocating for a honest and thorough soul searching before we dive face first into the “working world”. I know that everyone does not have this privilege but for those of us who do, stop making it so hard on us.
Furthermore for the select who are Christian, we have a purpose and calling to fulfill. And our purpose and calling should be configured and guided by the Creater. As one of my good friends said, “God know you need money”. So money should not be such a heavy burden or be a determining factor as to what what we do with our lives. However we should rest in knowing that God has a plan for us, never forgotten.
As for me, I am working on lining up my passions and calling before I rush into working. I’ve seen this done wrong plenty of times, which is the result of people hating their jobs, or worse, loving the benefits so much that they become consumed by it.
Maybe I’m a little naïve but hopefully I can circumvent the tragedy of working a 9-5 that I absolutely despise. I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve been feeling like I was created for more..