So you graduated (or will be shortly). I imagine that there are few times in your life that you feel such a conglomeration of emotions…and uncontrollably all at the same time. It feels desperately un-natural.
Happiness. Sadness. Excitement. Anxiety. Accomplishment. Uncertainty.
And as if all these emotions aren’t enough, you find yourself living in the tension of two worlds: Who you are and who you want to be.
Then, people fill your mind with thoughts like the world is your oyster and random lines from a Robert Frost poem that are all-of-a-sudden supposed to impact you at a soulful level as you depart from the familiar and mundane routines of academia.
But what does all this mean, really mean? And your head spins…mine did, too.
Graduation, regardless of the level or what degree you’ve worked diligently to obtain represents the turning of a page, the closing of one chapter and the beginning of new one. For some it represents a fresh start–the old is gone, the new is here–and an opportunity to engage unseasoned experiences. For others it means a frightening swim in the depths of the unknown without having a working navigation system in tact.
For all, though, graduation can be a moment of awakening…but only if you allow it.
What’s around the proverbial bend in the road that awaits you? In all my
infinite meager wisdom, I can’t answer that. But what I can tell you with confidence and certainty is that engaging the heart of God in the midst of the inner chaos will take you places you’ve yet to even consider. Clinging to the promises of Words that are themselves alive will allow you to inherit new life and encourage the same for those around you.
So step boldly. God knows.
And, be the change that you wish to see in the world. (Thanks, Gandhi).