I had the pleasure of meeting a few fellow grads today. What’s amazing is how much each of our experiences varied from recent undergrads to world travelers. One thing I took away from it is this:
Number 6: Be spontaneous (make sure you do what you want to do when you want to do it).
I met GradFriendOne today. After his undergrad, he lived a year in New Zealand immediately after graduating. I asked him why he moved there and he gave me an awesome answer. “Why not?” I told him I wish I had his balls. He gave me a pretty cliche, but memorable response: “Why? Just do it.” He flew to New Zealand on a whim while tickets were cheap. And when he got there, he decided to stay.
It got me thinking we should take advantage of these years while we can (to those of us still young enough to ignore some responsibilities without any major consequence). If you want to do something, you should go do it. You’ll regret the things you don’t do, but remember that even bad decisions will make good stories.
Of course this doesn’t mean you should ignore all planning. But as John Lennon so eloquently put it, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” So go out there, create yourself, soak in every experience, and leave an impression on the world.
Here’s some motivation in movie/book form (definitely an inspiring movie):