Think back to when you were a lost freshman in college…what was one of the first pieces of advice anyone gave you? Join a club! Join a team, or an organization, or take a painting and cooking class with your friends. This falls right into the category of breaking up your routine. The beautiful thing about the working world is that now you can afford to try something new once in a while. It doesn’t have to be something big, or a large time commitment. It can be as small as joining your company’s intramural kickball team (yes, I did this and it was so much fun! Has anyone else missed playing kickball since…middle school?!) There are infinitely more things to try in big cities, and I guarantee friends will want to join too. It’s also a really fun way to meet more people…sounds just like college to me!
This year is LONELY. It doesn’t matter if you have family and friends and everyone you might want around you…you’re going to feel lonely sometimes. You no longer live in a house or dorm packed with large groups of friends, or inside your family’s bustling home. You’re a busy adult now, and that means earlier nights and people doing their own things more often. For me, this meant learning to be okay with doing things alone, such as: dining at a restaurant with a book, walking through street festivals on my own, going for walks and sitting by the lakeshore by myself, heading to movie theaters without a friend…all of these things terrified me at first, but now I really enjoy it!
Look to the Future
For the past 18ish years, you’ve had a very clear line of what comes next. Four years of school here, four years of school there…but now you’re staring down an endless line of years stacked on top of each other and total freedom for how you choose to spend them. This is an incredibly powerful position to be in,m but obviously it’s overwhelming. Fun fact: you don’t have to have everything figured out yet. You don’t even have to have the next full year figured out. Start with 3-5 things that are very important to you in this first year, set a goal for them, and figure out why they matter and how you are going to make them happen. These can be goals such as getting in shape, reading 250 books, finding a mentor, or making five new friends…the options are endless and totally up to you.