I am sure I am not the first person to congratulate you on finishing up whatever degree or program you were working on, but let me extend my cheers to you anyway. Whatever you did, be it a four year B.A. in pottery or your entire 20s in law school – you deserve to feel awesome for the mere fact that you completed something. So many things in life will begin with enthusiasm and then dwindle out or end with a halt and later we will wonder where they ever went. Trust me, the feeling of finishing something is felt far too rarely, except when it comes to delicious meals and seasons of “The Wire.”
Along with congrats, you’ve likely also received a plethora of advice. People have told you things like, “be bold,” “follow your heart,” “try new things,” and “say thank you” – and all of that is true and good and yes, things you should do. But it is also what we already morally know to be the ‘right’ way to act in the ‘real’ world. No one ever says, “Hide in your room all day. Speak to no one unless you are yelling at the delivery person. Always eat the same pad thai.” I mean, even if that is what your heart wants, no commencement speaker is going to tell you it’s a good idea.