Dear Recent College Graduates,
When I was eighteen years old, I had a plan.
I would graduate college, get a job, finish my novel, move out, pay down my loans and attend graduate school by the time I was 25.
There was even a clause for marriage by 29 and a bundle of joy by 31.
My 29th birthday is less than two months away and I did not complete a single goal.
The reason is because it took me a decade to figure out that life does not always go as planned.
Sometimes a monkey wrench flies straight through your plans when you least expect it.
I am two months from my 29th birthday,
right now I do not have any children,
nor am I planning on tying the knot any time soon.
I am working with a career counselor to find employment.
My student loans are in deferment.
I live at home with my mother and four cats.
I will attend graduate school in the fall of 2014.
My novel is 85 percent finished.
Things happen for a reason.
I was once a recent college grad, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
The gifts and congratulations poured in nonstop once I graduated.
A year later when I was unable to find employment at first, then came the negative nellies.
Looking back, I wonder why I allowed them to get under my skin.
I achieved something awesome yet, I did not feel good enough.
Trust me when I say, that there is nothing wrong with cutting negative people out of your life.
It is okay to dream.
Not every college grad falls right into their careers.
Not everyone succeeds at the same time.
You will succeed and become something fantastic.
Things will not always be bad in your life.
A college education is not a waste of time in any way.
You are never too old for anything in life.
Your time will come.
You have your whole life ahead of you.