I’m not sure why I’ve gotten myself convinced that there’s this huge transition I need to make in order to be considered “in the professional world.”
Things are going to be changing at their own pace. I’m going to be doing things I’ve never done before, and that’s okay. I’m going to be very busy and probably overwhelmed, and that’s okay, too. But I’m not going to have to change who I am. I don’t have to give up all my hobbies. I don’t have to start acting differently. I can still be who I am and be an “adult.”
I feel like we’re afraid of the “adult world”, so we make it an “other”, some other place that is inherently different. It’s not something that just happens; it’s something that happens to you. You are thrown into it, blindsided by it, made to struggle in it, and changed by it. We act like it’s not a natural thing that happens to everyone in the history of the world, like it’s not a transition that happens gradually, like it changes who we are.
I think we’re all more prepared than we think we are. I think we’re just so scared of not being prepared, that we forget we’re prepared.