Friday, June 11, 2010

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” - Abraham Lincoln

I like to plan. I have two calenders a diary and also use the calender on my iphone. I like to be organised I write lists, I pre-set arlarms and have post- its stuck to most fixed object. For the first time in 22 years I dont have a plan and am uncertain of what the future holds. In a short 6 months I will be finished uni and for the first time I wont be studying anymore, I will be done, finnito. I have only applied for a few graduate positions and have already received two rejections. I know that I should feel free, my future has no restrictions but as most "planners" can probably relate I instead feel scared and anxious. Have you been in this situation, a future free of any plans? What did you do? I am taking any advice that you can give. I have to keep reminding myself if I dont get a job in law I can always travel the world, which is definately not a bad option at all, I just hope I have the guts to do it.



"When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” - John M. Richardson Jr

19 comments:

  1. I love planning too.. lists, post-its, phone calendars etc! When I moved to Melbourne I planned to get a job before arriving but so far that has not worked out, yet! Only a few days in though. Sometimes it is good to wing it.. but you know whats even better.. travelling the world! I spent the past 3 out of 4 years as soon as I graduated to travel. Good luck with the gradute positions but seeing the world is tops too! :)

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  2. while i'm not a planner, i do empathize with what you're going through. after university i was absolutely mystified what to do next. in my situation, not being a planner resulted in me sort of flitting from adventure to adventure, some i look back on fondly, and others not so much. but i can say i wish i had better planning skills.

    i will say this... i think its okay if you don't know exactly what will happen in 6 months. you might feel a little lost and in limbo, and it will be a difficult transition, and living through that transition (which you will do with flying colours, no doubt!) will result in a path emerging before you.

    embrace it! feel it! go with the flow... recognize the opportunities as they present themselves. and if you get the guts to travel, do it! it is definitely one thing you won't regret, and if you do it sooner rather than later, you'll be able to draw on the experience in the future :)

    (sorry to post such a long comment! by the way... i've started a wordpress blog, but i'm still following all my true blue blogger friends! feel free to drop by if you get the inclination: http://spazberryjam.wordpress.com)

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  3. Hmm I am a planner but I have let myself not worry about the future. I finished uni and I don't have a job in my industry yet. I'm not really sure what advice I can give you :(

    I'm sort of in the same boat as you. I do hope you get a job though!

    As for this long weekend, besides work on Monday I have letters to send and Jason and I decided we need to go to exploring around Brisbane :) xx

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  5. that quote is awesome!

    right now i have a lot of different plans i could make with my life.. so its daunting!!
    but if you do travel the world you'll have to come visit TENNESSEE!

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  7. I can relate, I left uni two years ago and I still dont have a plan, theres just nothing there to plan with (job wise at least)

    Don't loose hope though, just start planning things you really want to do rather than the things that you expected that you were going to do once you left uni, then you will have something to really look forward to x

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  8. ah not knowing is hard and scary. just keep reminding yourself change is good change is goooood! keep your chin up, it will all work out and in a years time you will look back and think what was i worried about :) x

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  9. I am a planner just the same and would respond in exactly the same way. I would have to agree with everyone else above though Megan and suggest planning something such as travel so that you see it as something you really want to do rather than something you 'have to do'.
    I hope it all works out as you hope.
    Keep Smiling
    xx

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  10. I plan but only to a certain extent - over-planning can be tiresome, too. Travel is individual - some prefer to plan ahead and others prefer a ticket to choosen destination - and let fate takes care of the rest. We are all different although very alike. Happy weekend;-)

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  11. I absolutely understand. After I finished uni last year I entered a fuzz for about 3 months (probably longer..). It's really only in the last month or so that I now feel I have 'direction' again. I guess my only advice is, take it easy on yourself, things will come good. Probably a lot sooner than you expected too xx

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  12. I am totally a planner, Type A, like you (I also pre-set alarms and even set TWO just so I don't over sleep). Don't fret though over your quickly changing life - embrace it. You have the rest of your life to plan and sticky note it up... take this little "free" time you might have to enjoy life and do what you've always wanted too, even if you don't know what that is yet. I really wish that I would have taken some time off after college to enjoy life as an adult before I had to totally grow up.
    So try to fight your inner self to enjoy this free time as much as you can. I promise you will look back one day and realize how awesome it really was.

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  13. i am a TOTAL planner... but i think in this situation... just relish in your freedom!

    congrats too !!

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  14. i'm kind of a semi-planner; in that sometimes i like to have the day or time with people planned out and know what i'm doing but i also like to be spontaneous with it and try not to be too anal about everything. a lot of people i know like to plan everything down to a t, it's scary sometimes, haha. so really, enjoy your freedom, but maybe keep this little plan in the back of your mind as to what you'd like to do and strive for that, not anything else, just what YOU would like to do in YOUR future. :]
    - L

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  15. congrats on almost being done. when i finished school is was such a relief not to have to study anymore, but at the same time figuring out what the hell to do with your life was super stressful! it might be fun to travel a little bit, take some time to celebrate all your hard work and then come back refreshed and ready to start going after your career!

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  16. Congratulations on finishing uni it is a huge achievement! I'm definitely a planner so I know where you are coming from. I hope everything works itself out soon for you.

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  17. I'm a total planner but am slowly going with the flow... I don't have any advice but just want to wish you the best of luck Megan, and congratulate you for making it to the end of uni. 1 Semester left? You go girl!

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