Over the holidays, my family enjoyed the company of my nephew, who is 23 and was traveling solo around the U.S. for a couple of months. When he left our house for his home, he had a new plan for his future, and he was ready to act on it. The couple of months on the road seemed to give him the perspective he needed to make up his mind.
I think the early twenties is a difficult time. For many college graduates, deciding what to do next can be difficult, and if the job market is tough like it is right now, the decisions are not all up to you. Unfortunately it’s a time of life where our decisions can impact the rest of our lives, yet we don’t always have the life experience to know what is best.
When I graduated from college, I didn’t look very far into my future. I wanted to travel, and I applied for a program that would allow me to live and work in London for six months, and this is what I did.
It was a wonderful experience in many ways, but I think what it did the most for me was help me understand what living on my own really meant. Growing up as a relatively privileged girl and who also had the resources to travel abroad at this time in my life, I needed to learn this.