So, you just graduated college and don’t know what to expect?
Okay take a deep breath. I know how you feel. People always say that, but actually, I really do.
You are stressed beyond belief, you feel like you are going to cry, have a heart attack, and maybe just drop everything and disappear for a good five months all at the same time.
Okay take another deep breath. Let me tell you my story.
I graduated early from college a little over a year ago, while at my university I felt so prepared and ready to take on the world. I had ten internships, I thought I had a plan for my post grad life. However, my so-called “plan” didn’t really go as planned at all.
About a week or two after I stepped off of that stage at my graduation it all set in. Let me put this into perspective for you: I felt like I was getting hit by one giant truck after the other. That is not an exaggeration.
I was 21 when I graduated, but somehow felt like I was a 45-year-old single lady living with my parents (#postgradcraziness). The thing that I realize looking back now is that I still had it all going on. I was working, I was busy, I even had my own company, but I somehow felt like a total loser and bum put into one. I know I can be dramatic at times.
So in the midst of all of my freaking out, one of my best friends sent me some statistics about celebrities and really successful people when they were around my age, and probably your age too.
Before I prepared myself to read yet another thing I hoped would get me out of my rut and somehow find me my dream job, I closed my eyes and took another deep breath.
Your turn, take another deep breath.
This is what she sent me:
At the age of 23, JK Rowling was broke. Tina Fey was working at the Y.M.C.A. Oprah had gotten fired from her TV reporting job. Walt Disney had declared bankruptcy.
They are not the only ones though. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Stephen Spielberg was rejected from USC’s film school three times. Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. Lady Gaga was dropped from her first major record deal after only three months.
One more deep breath.
You are not alone, and you are not the only one who feels the way you do. Find something you love and try as hard as you can to make that into a career. If it doesn’t work, guess what? Something else eventually will. So pick yourself back up and keep trying.
I wish I would have listened when people told me to slow down, relax, and breathe. Trust me when I say, life goes on whether you are having a total melt down or not. Life after college isn’t as bad as you think. So put on the lipstick, have the wine, eat the cupcake, buy the shoes, take a deep breath, do whatever you have to do to get to where you want to be, and freaking kill it. #boom #micdrop