“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. Some may say, they don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
Where life begins.
It's been a couple years since I graduated college now, and even longer since the beginning of my freshman year at university. I can't help but to look back with nostalgia every year when September hits and a new school year begins. Though it doesn't feel so long, it isn't until I start talking to those who are still students - whether they're just starting out at university or some ways into their education, that I realize how far away it feels and how much you learn once you leave the the bubble of an academic institution. The real world is vastly different than the picture you paint for yourself as you're growing up; it's not the world you thought you caught a glimpse of in your college internships. Because the real world... it's beautiful - it's messy, it's complicated, it's ugly, it's freeing, it's eye-opening, and it's infinite. No matter how hard you try, it's not something you can prepare yourself for. The real world will beat you down and build you right back up, it will teach you what you love and who you love, who you are and what you're not. It teaches you compassion and forgiveness, it teaches you humility and endurance. You learn to find your voice if you hadn't found it yet, and if you already had a voice, it teaches you to speak louder. Your life won't move at the timeline pace you set for yourself, and that's okay. As long as you keep moving forward you will end up, eventually, at the right destination.