FROM THE ARCHIVES: So This Is The New Year

FROM THE ARCHIVES: So This Is The New Year

We've published hundreds of stories from 100+ writers in the last three years, so we're highlighting some of these timeless posts in our new From the Archives series. Enjoy!

“...and I don’t feel any different.”

As 2015 comes to a close, so does my first year after college. And while I don’t feel any different, I don’t feel the same as when I walked the stage last year either.

Back then, I thought I’d be writing this post with my whole life figured out. A perfectly stenciled career plan in place. Trips around the world and days of jet lag under my belt. Well on my way to finding Mr. Right.

I am here to tell you that one year later, I have achieved exactly none of these things. And that’s fine.

The best advice I received this year was to “be fluid.”

And no, not like those liquids in a beaker you measured in your Chemistry class. You have to be okay with surrendering control sometimes, even if it seems like it’s creating more problems. Because no matter how much you’ve analyzed the details, plans go awry, trips fall through, and people change their minds.

One year after college I'm making my New Year’s resolution to stop comparing my life to those around me. I've learned that everyone has their own dreams and life goals on their own timeline, and there is no sense in comparing yourself to another person’s journey.

Own your story. Anything else is plagiarism.

[This post was originally published on December 31, 2015.]



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