Beginnings. They are hard, aren’t they? Being dragged away from the familiar and thrown into something completely new is distinctly uncomfortable. Along with many of my fellow Colby classmates and other 2013 college graduates, I am now floating in the midst of that scarily wide open post-grad life we call “the real world”.
Since I graduated about five months ago I am lucky in that I can say I have already been on a number of adventures. I taught at a wonderful summer camp (where I was PAID to lead a cloud watching activity), I completed a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago (35 days and 500 incredible miles across Spain), and then, not satisfied with simply walking across one country, I decided to drive across another one (in only five days this time) and finally made the big move to join two friends in Portland, OR.
This blog was something I started almost an entire year ago and have tried again and again to keep up with. For whatever reasons, I continue to fail to do so. Recently, a good friend sent me a letter in the mail asking about the move and life and when was I going to start that blog again?
“Begin it now,” said the quote from Goethe that she included in her letter.
Begin it now.
Is there any better, more concise, and truthful advice one could give to a college graduate? Begin it now. Begin this new and different life now. Begin your new adventures now. Begin your new/bold/daring/risk-taking self now. And in the case of this blog, I will begin again. Thank you Rachel.
Hopefully, as I continue to look for employment and in the meantime, explore the wonderful foodie artsy city that is Portland, I will find the time to post to this blog more regularly.
“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”
– Raymond Carver from “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”
Even in the dark, there are a million hearts beating. Listen for them. Listen to know you are never alone.