India's Graduation // Forest Tourist

Next Steps

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.

India's Graduation

India's Graduation

India's Graduation

India's Graduation

India's Graduation

India's Graduation

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I'm a climber, dog mom, and a hater of plastic. I like seeking wild adventures and sharing them with people.


  • Sara

    Congratulations on graduating! Those photos are so gorgeous and so *you*. I feel like they represent you very well, especially with John and Koda there for some of them. I know that graduation can seem like a scary time (been there!), but don’t worry. You are already ages beyond where I was at the time, so you’re doing pretty good. For real, I see the relationships, the company and the blog you’re building and I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished. And as they say, life isn’t a race. Do things at your pace, what’s important is that it feels right and good to you. xo.

    • India Alfonso

      Sara, reading your comment meant so much to me. Thanks for your kind words and the encouragement! I’m lucky to be able to surround myself (physically and virtually!) with such amazing people, yourself included. I definitely plan on taking your advice to heart, especially the part about not rushing 😉 Love you!

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