“Working hard to get my fill; everybody wants a thrill. Paying anything to roll the dice just one more time. Some will win, some will lose, and some were born to sing the blues. Though the movie never ends, it just goes on, and on, and on, and on…” – Steve Perry (“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey)
This past May, I graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a 3.21 GPA (not bad for the little ball of rage that wasn’t even supposed to get to college in the first place). Since then, I have started working toward my Master’s Degree (still through SJU). I should be done by 2013.
When most people think of school, they think of Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st through 12th Grades. Well, on that particular scale, I guess I’m in 17th Grade, now. Perhaps, some of you are still in high school, maybe even starting college right about now. The thought of spending your whole life in school can be a little lackluster at times. Some of you may want to jump right into the work force after college, others may want to continue schooling.
During my undergraduate experience, I started working at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support (I started around March, 2010, I believe). Even as I enter my graduate studies, I am still working there in one form or another. When I was asked to create a blog for college-bound clients, I thought it was an interesting way to show others like myself what “the real world” is like.
*Note: “The real world” is exactly like… What would that even make it, “the fake world?” Let’s go with that: “The real world” is exactly like “the fake world.” The only difference is the role you play in it.*
Life is about whatever you make it about. It is a story filled with Protagonists and Antagonists. In my case, I guess it’s about a graduate student straddling a fine line between life at home with his parents (boomerang generation?) and a struggle for personal independence. Independence is very scary at first, but with time, it becomes second nature. When we were kids, independence meant taking our own baths and dressing ourselves. Nowadays, the meaning has shifted to driving our own cars and living on our own.
Even when I finish with my Master’s Degree, I will still be learning something, whether it’s about myself or a new skill on the job. Life means we never stop learning. So, your homework this week is to keep your eyes, ears, minds, and hearts open to everything around you. Sure, we can finish the chapter, but then we just have to start a new one.
Life doesn’t necessarily get “harder” as you grow older. It just changes. There are positives and negatives to getting older. The negatives are more responsibility required on your part. The good news is that with responsibility comes independence.
Keep dreaming toward what you want to be in your life, and may you find peace with yourself, within yourself.