The Best Four Years of Your Life

This past weekend, one of my sister's friends asked me, "So, was college the best four years of your life?". With zero hesitation, I responded, "No.".

Now don't get me wrong. I LOVED college. I love Indiana University, I love the friends that I made there, and I wouldn't trade my experiences throughout those four years for just about anything. And like most college seniors, I thought, "How does it get any better than this?". Well, here's a little surprise, college kiddos. It does get better than "this".

I went on to explain to my sister's friend that each stage of life comes at the right time. Each part of your life is great in its own way, and if you're open to seeing that, college won't be four years that you wish you were living everyday for the rest of your life.

Graduating college was bittersweet, and if I'm being completely honest, I HATED the first 6 months of life in the real world. I was certainly not a fan of my job, and even though I stayed in Indiana, it was hard to make friends. Whether you realize it or not, college is like a bubble. It's a built in social circle. The real world doesn't provide that for you. Once you get over that hump, though, and find your friends out in the real world, it's great. It's like college with money and without the schoolwork, and what's not to like about that?

Obviously, the real world comes with more responsibility, but with that comes more opportunity and in some ways more freedom. You want to live in Europe for a few years? Great, pack your bags and go for it. It's not like you're going to miss class.  Do you want to start your own business? Do you want to make oodles of money? You can do that. Your college education has provided you with the tools to do these things, and if you want them badly enough, you'll make them happen. Whatever your passion, goal, or life's desire is, there's nothing holding you back from it in the real world. Your fate is in your hands.

I've officially been a member of the real world for almost four years now, and while it's been different than college, it's been just as wonderful in its own way. And what's even better is that I know there are incredible things to look forward to in the future that will be even more amazing than anything I've experienced thus far. I haven't even gotten married or had babies, and as far as I'm concerned these are probably two of life's greatest joys.

Lastly, have an open mind, a positive attitude, and welcome each stage of your life with open arms. It's easy to dwell on the past and wish you were still there. If you continuously do this, you're never going to be happy. Reminiscing is one thing, but be sure to be happy with where you're at presently. Live in the moment. Enjoy where you're at in life. Don't live in the past, and don't yearn for the future. Happiness is about enjoying where you are at this very moment, taking it all in, and appreciating every single moment you have. When I get to the end of my life, I don't want to be able to look back and pick out the four best years. I want them all to be so incredible and full of life that it's impossible to choose the best ones.

Sorry for the novel today, but I felt each word was necessary. Good luck and congrats to you, graduates of 2012! Your future is bright.


Nicole [Baking it on My Own] said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. The honesty is so refreshing and so true! You are 110% spot on with everything you said. I needed this little boost of inspiration today so Thank You for that. GREAT post!

Always Maylee said...

I absolutely love this post and agree with every word! If you're always wishing you were reliving the past, you could never appreciate your future! There are so many more amazing moments in life to look forward to. Also, I didn't realize you are in Boston, that's where I am too! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Houndstooth & High Heels said...

This is so uplifting and TRUE! What a wonderful reminder to actually get out and live life everyday! Great post :)

xo, S

Adelyn said...

amazing post! A a soon-to-be-postgrad this was so great to read!

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Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Ugh I wish I was in your mindset lol. I'm one of those people who feels that people shouldn't rush through school to be "grown up" because it's not all that great. I miss the day of hanging out with friends, not having to work, and being carefree.

NOT TRYING TO BE A DOWNER AT ALL!!! Haha I just need to get to a place professionally where I can be happy. If anything, I'll use this post to motivate me to get a new job ha!

smk053078 said...

Morgan, this could not be a better post for upcoming grads. However, I will admit, college was the most fun 4 years of my entire life!! I love where I am at now, I wouldn't go back, but it was seriously years I will cherish and consider the best time for being young and carefree...but you are so right, it was a COMPLETE bubble!

Nicole said...

I 100% agree with this post! I absolutely LOVED college and had an amazing experience. But there is no way I could be doing what I was doing back then now. So I just love your take on embracing each stage of your life with open arms. Life just keeps getting better and better!

Meaghan said...

Preach on, sister.

Cal said...

Great post! I totally agree with every bit. Thanks for writing this - now I need to forward it off to my sister, who will be graduating this weekend! xocal

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