Hey! I know, it’s been a while. I’ve missed my little space on the internet so much! I took a short break from blogging, but Belle of the Brier is back, and I have some really fun posts planned for this summer! With many graduating from college in the not-so-distant future, myself included, today I’m sharing some thoughts on things we should and shouldn’t be doing once we walk across that stage and turn that tassel.
1. Stop Sleeping Your Life Away
This is a big one for me, and a habit that will be hard to break for sure. I LOOOVVEEEE to sleep, and have always been someone who can sleep for hours at a time. I have never, and will never be a morning person… or an early afternoon person for that matter, LOL, just kidding! But you know what I’ve come to realize over the years through well deserved parental nagging and just basic life experience? Life is way too short to spend 14 hours out of our 24 hour day sleeping! Of course we need a healthy dose of zzz’s to function, but there’s well rested, and then there’s just ridiculous. I’m really going to try to make a conscious habit of waking up before the double digits of the morning hit. Even if you have nothing planned until 2pm, making that effort to get out of bed and eating breakfast, reading, going for a walk, and just appreciating each second we get on this earth is the kind of life I want to be living.
2. Stop Obsessing Over Social Media
There isn’t just one way that we can become too engrossed when it comes to social media. We can spend too much time mindlessly scrolling. We can get into nasty, heated political debates. We can endlessly stalk people online that we dislike/no longer have a relationship with, either to get dirt on them, or just because we can. We can also see it as another place where we feel inadequate about ourselves and begin to turn green with envy upon viewing the seemingly Pinterest-Perfect lives of others. All of these things are toxic to the soul and a colossal waste of our time! I would tell you to just delete all of your social media outlets and go out into the world and experience life in a face-to-face way, but that would be hypocritical of me, because I’m not planning on deleting my social media accounts any time soon. I guess what I’m trying to say is, control your social media, and don’t let it control you. I know this sounds simple, but in our society today when it rules so much of our lives, it’s hard to draw the line between what is normal and what is potentially damaging.
3. Spend As Much Time As You Can With Your Family
And yes, I’m saying “family” and not “friends” specifically for this. I think friendships are amazing and 100% necessary for living a happy life. However, often times college aged adults and beyond will tend to prioritize their relationships with their friends and put their families on the back burner. I’m not saying you should dump your friends and only hang out with your mom, but if you’re blessed enough to have a semi-good or even great relationship with your family, spend as much time as you can with them! If you live close to them, that’s an even greater blessing! Your time with the people who have known you from the start is an invaluable gift that we need to hold on to for as long as we possibly can.
4. Do Something Bold
What do I mean by “bold” exactly? Well, we probably all have slightly different interpretations of the word. I would say that doing something bold is doing something that excites/scares you in ways that you haven’t felt before. This could be really anything from trying out for a play in your community theatre, to going on a mission trip overseas. If it scares you but at the same time excites you, just do it! This is the time in your life to do things that may seem intimidating, but you’ll be able to look back and give yourself a good pat on the back for being so daring. You’ll most likely regret not being bold over actually being bold.
5. Move On
Move on from the bad, but don’t let it allow you to feel guilty for doing so. Move on from the good, but don’t dwell on the notion that the good times are behind you. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s in the past and you’ve got the rest of your life to create some more amazing memories. If you’re someone who tends to rewind the negative times over and over again, find it in yourself to hit that eject button and see this time of graduation as a fresh, new season with a clean slate. You were given this amazing life, and there is so much more left to live. College may be over, but a whole new chapter awaits. Let’s live it up to our fullest potential.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” – Proverbs 16:9