I wrote a little piece for BEING Young & Twenty – a blog about what it means to be in your twenties from the perspective of different people around the world.. Here’s what I wrote – excuse the clichés …
To me, BEING Young & Twenty means change. After graduating from university I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed by what lay ahead. I was 23 and I’d always believed that by this point life would be sorted – I would know exactly what I was doing. But, for the first time in my life, I didn’t have something education-y coming up in September.
Suddenly, there is the pressure of finding a job or your own place. As more of your friends start moving onto exciting adventures you begin to panic about what you should do. It’s easy to start feeling disheartened, and looking back on the summer between university and work I think I would have benefitted from the following advice:
- See the fact that you don’t have a plan for the first time in your life as an amazing opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted – travel the world! The world is your oyster!
- If you try something out, be it a new job or even a new sport, and it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t matter! You learn from it and you move on.
- To me, work seemed like the end of ‘fun’. I thought it meant commuting and sitting in front of a computer all day. But it’s not like that at all, you’re learning everyday and you meet so many new people – it’s exciting. If you wake up dreading work each day it’s not the job for you.
- All those friends you met at school have now been your friends for 10 years. Think how many memories you have together and how lucky you are – be happy that you’ve got all of this.
But finally and perhaps most importantly – it will all work out. It really will.