My friend Joel is very worried about what his life is going to be like when he graduates from law school in July.First of all come the year of our Lord Jesus Christ when I graduate,I will be a lot of things but worried will not be one of them. You have to pick a battle: worry or excitement and I choose the fun part.
Back to Joel and his worries which I have to say are not utterly unfounded, although why should he spend one of the most anticipated moments of his life over thinking the aftermath? I understand (not totally) that if you have spent the last four years of your life in school,you do not how to do anything else and that can be scary but that is also why we go through school instead of staying in school.I mean the graduation gowns cannot wear themselves right?
A lot of people carry around this idea that life is a lump sum but I believe that life is just moments.Moments when something profoundly amazing like your graduation happens (whether your the first graduate in your family or clan or the 100th),so do not ruin it for yourself by fusing scary thoughts in there .I think we spend so much time anticipating things than we do actually enjoying them and thats a bad habit.What is it they tell us in school; ‘preparing for a bright future’?. Iam all for all things bright future just for the record but I have learn t that bright future does not always turn out in the color we painted it in our fussy minds and that that,is not necessarily a bad thing.There is no amount of career advice,foreboding or worriful (that is definitely not a word)nights that can get you to this bright future faster or change God’s plan so you may as well go ahead and have a blast as you make good choices.
So this shockingly brief post is a not so desperate cry to my friend Joel or as I prefer to call him Papa C.J and every other worrisome(now thats a word) person to bask in the excitement that the anticipation of graduating has built over the past four years because you deserve a pat on the back for getting this chapter of your life right.Do not counter that with an unhealthy fear of the future because four years ago this was the future and from where am sitting typing this it seems pretty amazing.
I do not like the phrase live in the moment because I think that most people use it as an excuse to do regrettable things but I know your not most people so that is what I am telling you to do.