It’s just a number, but I believe it’s also the start of the most terrifying decades of our lives. We’ve made it past the ever-daunting college decision, and we think we’ve come out clean, but then it starts. People start asking about post-graduation plans and locations. At 20, we may have answers to these questions.
But that’s the terrifying part.
These answers may completely change in the next few years. In fact, there may be a point when there are simply no answers. If you haven’t yet experienced the phenomenon, at some point in this tumultuous decade, you will.
In your 20s, everything changes. From relationships to career choices, life events that occur in your 20s can leave one with the feeling of riding a roller-coaster. These years tend to bring some of life’s highest highs and lowest lows, and if you let them, these moments can define you. They have the power to mold who you are for the good or the bad, but it’s your choice as to how they will.
As these moments occur, embrace them. They will challenge you, inspire you, and they might even scare you. Let them. Allow them to reveal your weaknesses and highlight your strengths. Use them to navigate the quirks that make up who you are, and take pride in them. Take this time to try something new, or something you have always wanted to do.
Remember that bucket list you made years ago? Dust if off and start crossing off.
Don’t settle. If you aren’t sure about your career choice, explore the options.
Take an internship, see new places, and develop your skills.
A few years working toward your dream are never years wasted.
Fear can easily encompass these 10 years, but in Isaiah 41:10, we are reminded that it shouldn’t –- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
As many of us continue on this journey, I hope we embrace every moment life brings. God calls us to live boldly in his name. In the words of a dear friend of mine, “If it scares you, it might be a good idea.”
Grace Green is a senior elementary and special education major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column reflects the views of the writer only.