Every Fall…

In Life After College by jfree007Leave a Comment

A lot of us start life on a predefined path, which makes sense because most of us aren’t born understanding what we need to do to live.

Most of our journeys start in the hospital… as babies.

We are born and we go to school from preschool all the way to high school. In the US we don’t even trust parents to make this decision because it is required (by law) that students from the age of about 5 to 16 be enrolled in a school (this varies slightly by state up to 18 years old).

Every Fall like clockwork we are meeting new teachers, making new friends, and fighting for the best spots in line or best seats in the cafeteria. Some of us got our freedom in June when school was out but for a lot of us the training regiment didn’t stop there we were immediately in a camp as a student or a counselor doing the same things we did from June to Fall just with a pool break or two thrown in.

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Every Fall, we knew where we had to be and more or less how things would go from Fall all the way to Summer and maybe even in the Summer too. From 5 to 18 we knew with reasonable certainty what would happen everyday. And even after 18 at least for my friends and me our parents expected us to go to college.

Every Fall, even as we became legal adults, able to sign contracts, drink in bars, and go into insane amounts of debt, once that cool air hit us we knew where we were going to be. The air gets colder. The leaves change color. Starbucks starts pushing the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and we are in school.

But wait, now the 4 years are up where are we going to be this Fall? What?

For the first time ever we have no idea where we are going to be in Fall. Nothing is set in stone nothing is being forced on us.

Do we get a job? Travel? Go back to school? Just sit there and hope? Who knows?

All of a sudden you aren’t in the kiddie pool with the lifeguard holding your hand, now you are in the middle of the ocean with a map of Disneyland and chum in the water. But don’t worry you know exactly how to get to Tomorrowland… as long as you start in the Animal Kingdom.

It almost seems like every Fall, they were conditioning us to rely on someone else’s plan. Like they were building and sustaining our dependence for all these years so they could pull the rug out from under us.

Wait was this all a trap? Probably

But trap or not there are a lot of choices that we get to make after our last planned Fall so I am going to explore some of them in subsequent posts in a series titled, The End of Fall.

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  2. I know what you mean. Our son is a senior this year and he is probably thinking the same as this article you wrote.

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      Thanks for the comment! Yeah the real world really sneaks up on us! Let him know about my page it would be awesome to hear his thoughts on it too!

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