Change: Post-Grad Life

Finally graduated college, now what?

Change. I have probably written a blog or two on change because it is such an important part of our life. It is also such a necessary part of our life, but can be scary.

The past four years of my life have been relatively constant. I have felt sure of where I am at, with the exception of a few ups and downs. That is because I was in college. My days were planned for me: class then work and maybe a coffee date or two with friends in between. It was simple, there was consistency.

Honestly, if you think about it our whole lives revolve around education. We start school when we are around four years old, go through elementary school, then high school then college. Then 14 years of school later, BAM, everything we have known for most of our life is over. Its us against the world.

May 12th, 2018 was the big day for me. Graduating college with my degree in nursing. It is still crazy when my friends tell me things like, “You are a real nurse now!” I’m like no way, not me. It was like I was in denial of the huge change coming my way, well not even coming my way but happening right before my eyes.

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My beautiful family who came across the country to seem me graduate. None of this would have been possible without them. 

My whole life I have run from change or found some constant like a friend, or family, or place and clung to it for dear life. But that wasn’t an option this time. I had to face the reality that all my friends and I were going separate ways. Everyone was moving to different places across the country. I faced the reality that who knows when I was going to see these people again. It may be soon, it may be far in the future, it may be never. Nothing was constant this time.

The next big change is that I was moving over 1000 miles away from home to start my life in a new state. I bought my first big girl apartment and car. It was a wild time thinking that I own all of these things. It was in these purchases that I realized change can be really amazing.

This change is giving me an opportunity to learn responsibility, to grow as a person, and to meet new people and discover a new place. I know that I will always have my friends and family at home and I will always have God at my side. I know that they are my constant. There is always a calm amongst the storm.

So if you are going through a big change, hold true to your constant even if that is God and God alone. He is always enough. Also, embrace the change. Broaden your horizon.

This is probably just the first of many post-grad lessons, but here is to a new start and an exciting journey.

xoxo,

Hannah

 

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