By: Amanda Gibson
Being a college senior is electrifying and terrifying.
You have the excitement of many years of hard work finally feeling like it’s about to pay off while you have the fear of answering what’s next.
It’s entirely too easy to get caught up in planning the what’s next.
As I look around, I have some friends who have graduated, many who will walk the stage this May with me as we graduate from Texas State University and a few who still have a few more classes to chip away on their degree audit before their big day.
I graduate exactly three months from yesterday. Yes, in LESS THAN THREE MONTHS. I try not to think about it too often because I am currently sitting closer to the scared side of the graduation scale.
I am terrified I will end up with a really expensive sheet of paper (my degree) and no job.
I know many friends that have the same feeling as I do. We apply for jobs every time we get a spare moment and hope that one company will find us worthy of filling the role they need filled. College graduates know the stress I am talking about, whether they graduated last fall of five years ago.
But through all of this stress, worry and wondering I have found one theme to continue to ring through my mind: we cannot become so caught up in planning our future that we miss out on living our present.
I feel like it is so easy for us to get so caught up in carrying out our daily duties and our never-ending to-do lists that we actually forget to live the life in front of us. It’s so easy to get caught up in planning the next year, five or ten that we might actually forget to live during those times.
Who wants to wake up in five years and wonder how we let so much precious time get away that we can never get back?
So, my encouragement to you today is that you remember to be present. Show up in your own life and in the relationships around you. Be there for the people that need you and enjoy the company you’re surrounded by. Count your blessings. Work hard and be happy. But, most of all enjoy today and today alone.
And don’t forget to check your LinkedIn profile and apply for another job, if you’re a soon to be grad like me.