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Dear High School Graduates...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 12, 2017 12:17

Dear High School Graduates,

I want to express my greatest happiness towards you and your newfound freedom. I also want to comfort you in the stress that can be found in this freedom. It is an absolutely exciting time but seems to bring with it the pressure of deciding life’s most important decisions in the midst of just trying to graduate.

I wish I had counted how many times I had been asked the question, “What are you doing next year?” when I was graduating high school. At the time it felt completely overwhelming.  Now, 8 years later, I realize having the perfect answer wasn’t as important as I thought it had been at the time. I had over stressed choosing THE right thing to do. The point is I made a choice that led me to another and another, which brings me to today.

I chose to go become a teacher and worked towards that for 6 years after finishing high school. I love being a teacher but I also know that if I had decided to do something else I could have been happy doing that too. There isn’t one decision that leads you to happiness. There is a world of possibilities. This idea doesn’t get rid of the fact that you still have a decision to make, but I wanted give you a few things to keep with you – 8 actually – during the process.

1. Surround yourself with people that are supportive of YOU. If you are in a process of figuring out who you are don’t let your decisions be made primarily to please others. Find people that encourage you to be YOU.

2. Travel. You can plan to travel nearby or travel far. There is something about experiencing other places and meeting different people that opens your eyes to a new perspective. It forces you think in a changed way. It’s possible to travel affordably by finding cheap flights, staying in hostels, or finding work-as-you-travel organizations.

3. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. There are different ways to figure out who you are. It looks different for everyone. You don’t have to travel to “find yourself” or discover who you are. You DO you have to try new things. Maybe it looks like making friends with people who are completely different than you or spending time on your own. Whatever it may be, you need to try things that scare you.

4. Volunteer. If you feel as though you are floating in sea of  “I have NO idea what to do with my life” start plugging into various organizations. You gain experience in a variety of settings and meet people from all walks. You can be helping someone else in need, adding meaning to your own life during your time of searching.

5. Ask for advice. Many people are going to offer you unwanted or unneeded advice but seek out people you admire and ask THEM questions. It could be helpful or maybe isn’t relevant to your situation but you really don’t have anything to lose.

6. Find a job and save for the unknown. Don’t spend your money on menial items while you pass your time thinking of what you want to do. Start saving because eventually you might have an idea of what you’d like to do and a savings account to back it up wouldn’t hurt.

7. What you decide to do next year isn’t going to dictate what you will do for the rest of your life. Whether you chose to find an entry-level job and start working or enroll in University classes, don't feel as though you are stuck in that place forever.

8. Don't be afraid to try something, fail or realize you don’t like it. You aren’t going to be sure about every decision you make. Actually, most of the important decisions I’ve made have all had a little bit of uncertainty to them. Knowing that it’s okay to fail will give you some confidence to just give things a try.

The bottom line is, you’re just at one beginning here. There will be so many more beginnings in your life, your beautiful life. Take a deep breath, you’ve got this!

Sincerely,

A sister who cares

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