High School. To some it is the best years of their lives thus far while to others it could easily be seen as a complete waste of time. Regardless of how you view your four years of high school it is safe to say that high school is a system of consistent safety nets. When you were falling behind in a particular subject you had your counselor, teacher, and parent breathing down your neck as well as making a way for you to succeed. No student left behind? Yeah, pretty much. But what do you do when high school graduation has past, and you are left to figure it out all on your own? I’m going to give you three ways you can avoid the dreaded “Quarter-life Crisis.”
- SHORT TERM GOALS & LONG TERM GOALS
Following through with plans is much harder when you have not actually narrowed down what the plan IS. Grab a cute little notebook that fits your personal aesthetic from Walmart, and write down what your goals are for the week, month, and quarter (three months). Your short term goals should be much more focused being that their is a limited amount of time to achieve them. EX: Wash car/ workout 3x per week / pay off credit card bill.
Long term goals are MUCH different. Your long term goals do not have to be as defined being that they are further ahead in time such as 6 months or years. Ultimately, your short term goals lead up to your personal long term goals. Ex: Rent an apartment / Pay off the car / Pay of student loans
Lesson is: WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN
“Thoughts that are not written down get lost in your head.”
2. ENGAGE IN CREATIVE PURSUITS
In high school it can seem as though there is not much time to do anything else aside from schooling, homeworking, and sleeping. Although your engaging in a new life as an adult it is important to make time for self-reflection. You are no longer the student whose existence belongs to the education system from 7:30-2:30 every weekday. You now have the ability to make time for yourself, and I recommend you use that time to find yourself. Dabble in photography, writing, or reading. Pick up a new skill or talent that sets you apart from the rest. Take on that yoga class you have been making excuses for. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. It is much easier adjusting to the newfound freedom you have been given when you have a better sense of who you are and what you like.
Lesson is: FIND YOURSELF
3. HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
Everyone will hit a bump along the road whether it is associated with work, school, or your overall state of being. This bump can go from days to months on end depending on the individual and situation. You must not let this little phase of negativity stop you from continuing on in your pursuit of happiness. Just remember, EVERYONE GOES THROUGH IT. You will hit various obstacles throughout your journey to self-discovery but as long as you stay positive, persistent, and you hit the ground running you’ll be just fine.
Lesson is: STAY FOCUSED REGARDLESS OF YOUR OBSTACLES