Regardless of when you graduated, you may be familiar with that loaded of all loaded questions…
I suspect more than a few people who are graduating are asking that question tirelessly. With of course some other good ones like.
- What am I going to do with my life?
- Am I doing the right thing?
- What if I hate it?
- What if I fail?
- What if I succeed?
- What have I done?
- What if I’m wrong?
- What if I should have listened to… and did what they said?
- Maybe I should do what that person is doing?
- I shoulda…
- I coulda…
- I woulda…
- I wonder if the circus is hiring?
My eldest is a few days away from walking across the stage in her cap and gown. I’m so excited for her because this is BIG. There is no do-over when it comes to this particular ceremony.
She is excited too with equal parts scared. And she is not alone.
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When it comes to completing high school think for a moment of all the things that are no longer going to be the same.
Regardless of how long a student attends a certain school the consistency of going to school for 12 years, 5 days a week, 10 months of the year ends. The comfort of seeing familiar faces in their community, the other sights, sounds and smells (it is high school after all), is no longer their day to day, the normal order of things in their world stops as they know it.
The core of their existence, their friends, teachers, lockers, and routine changes and the “Now what” question gets even more traction and momentum.
In my opinion, depending on the intonation with which you ask that question, “Now what?”,it can be an invitation to throw open the door of possibility WIDE OPEN, and not always feel like the tentative turning of the handle.
To coin a phrase, “The world is your oyster”, can sound divine to some and others can be thinking “Ewwww oysters, what does that even mean?”. Its all perspective. And perspective is close cousins to focus.
When my daughter shared with me this morning that she and others were feeling off kilter with the upcoming graduation and all that implies about their future selves, this is how I responded. [Sharing with her permission]
It can be so easy to get caught up in the future energy that we forget to be HERE.
Being HERE in this moment.
When we focus on trying to figure it all out at once we can miss the good stuff happening now.
This is for anybody, who is trying to create a future, no matter what door we are about to close or what door we are about to open.
Watch my video [3 min] here…
Last year I wrote, “Graduation & Grief“, from a observation standpoint after attending my friend’s daughter’s High School graduation, from the community me and the girls had lived. This year I am seeing and feeling this from an altogether different perspective.
And hey, If you are asking your own self, “Now what?” or are thinking about joining the circus, why not book your Discovery Session with me and let’s have a chat, before you head to the big top! 🙂