One question I’ve been asked non-stop by relatives and family friends now that I’ve graduated is “what’s next?”
What direction do I want my life to go in now that I don’t have school anchoring me in one place? How will I spend my time without class schedules and deadlines? What kind of person will I become?
These questions are innocent enough when asked by people who only want the best for me, but they ricochet around in my mind when I lie down in bed and close my eyes. I’ve spent the better part of my life within the confines of educational institutions, so what will become of me when I don’t have that structure or routine to fall back on?
While I’m just as lost and unprepared as any other college graduate out there, I’m not worried about what my life will look like in the next 20 or 30 years. I have an amazing boyfriend and dog who love me, a family that supports me, and friends who have stood by my side to live and grow alongside me.
I don’t know exactly what the next steps in my life will be, but I know that I’ll be able to take them with my head held high and the people I love right by my side. And, frankly, that’s good enough for me.
Graduation is a scary time in life but it’s also a celebration! Here are some pictures my dear friend Anna took for my graduation.
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