Well, the last few weeks have certainly been eventful. Between graduating (and all of the events that go with it), starting my new job, and keeping up with the engagements that come with being a social butterfly embracing the fact they no longer have to study, I can’t really say that I have had much time to really process everything. But I’d be lying if I said I haven’t enjoyed every crazy minute of it.
It’s the first time that I can say I have been truly excited to graduate. As strange as it may sound, I have found that graduating comes with more trepidation than relief and joy. And it is not just me that feels like that. Facing the real world is scary sometimes. Because adulting is hard. Assignments and exams are nothing compared to finding a job, expectations in the workplace and everything else that comes with establishing a career and financial independence.
Sure, many of the same things still apply now, but after the third time going through this process, I no longer feel the same pressure to do everything by myself. I still have goals and am working hard towards outcomes, but I have removed so many of the expectations that I used to place on myself. And by removing expectations, I have opened myself to opportunity. I have learned to ask for help and let others in more – even when it makes me look like I don’t have it all together (which, in all honestly, I don’t – and am not sure I ever will). I have more faith in myself and my abilities – and more peace about my weaknesses and where I need to rely on others than I ever have. And this has made the world of difference.
Being able to celebrate my graduation with close family and friends has reminded me again of just how much love and support I have around me. That I am not facing the world alone and that I don’t need to. Our community is so important, and I am blessed to have a community filled with amazing people.
As I settle into my new job, a new routine, and make plans about the steps ahead, I can’t wait to embrace new opportunities to connect, learn, and give back. The future may look good, but the present is a gift.
Thank you for your ongoing support in my journey. This place has been a source of consistency and motivation over the past few years which has been such a blessing. As my direction has changed, I am not sure what direction I will take with Travelling Table Tales this year. But I’d love to hear what you would like to see more of! Personal development? Food? Travel? Or anything else. Let me know in the comments below!