Graduating: 5 Years On

I’ve just started my sixth (6th!!!!!!)  year of teaching, which means I officially graduated a long five years a go. It’s crazy to think about just how quick that time has gone and all the things that have happened in it, but here we are anyway.

If I’m honest, I don’t think back and remember my graduation as this big, fantastic, fun time. From what I remember, there had been a family argument, my (now very much ex) boyfriend was missing because he didn’t believe in celebrating my achievements and I spent the whole day walking around trying not to cry. It was a really fun time…

However, I do reflect back over the past five years of my life, along with the experiences I’ve had and think ‘my God haven’t you achieved a lot’. 

I know over our twenties we all grow and change into different people, but I was such an extremely different person back then. Instead of being loud, confident and bubbly, I was a selective mute, reserved and riddled with anxiety. I didn’t have people in my life that actually cared about me and I basically hated life.

Fast forward five years and things couldn’t be further from that now.

Over the past five years, I have worked hard to put every experience I’ve ever gone through to good use to make my life better and build myself into the person I want to be. I love life, have people in my life that actually have value and I love who I’ve become.

My life has been full of experiences since I graduated. I’ve learnt that sometimes the grass really is greener, trying to fit exercise into a 60 hour week is near impossible and, most importantly, I’ve learnt that you don’t have to settle for anything or anyone. I don’t always get things right, but I learn from my mistakes as much as I can and live the life I want to live, not the life others think I should lead. It’s pretty cool, actually.

The beginning of my life after graduating was the most different I’ve ever experienced. However, I’m finally getting to a place where I love what I do, I’m feeling happier and I’m truly glad I went through the tough experiences that I had. I’m not saying that now it’s all going to be sunshine and rainbows, that’s not real, but hopefully things will continue to be on the up and I’ll continue to feel as good as I do.

What have you learnt since graduating?