By: Odun Ishola
With graduation looming ever so closely in the horizon, I find myself having moments of doubt and uncertainty. For the past 18 years of my life, I’ve followed a strict regime; the same generic and systemic track affixed for everyone from the age of 4. Now at the not so tender age of 21, I’m at a crossroads, left to fend for myself in high hopes that everything I’ve come to learn throughout those 18 years will eventually come together to prepare me for the rest of my life. Talk about pressure. Talk about panic. Talk. About. Existential. Dread!
As I sat here trying to come up with advice on dealing with feeling inadequate, I had to be honest with myself, and with everyone reading this blog: I don’t have it figured out. I don’t know what life after graduation holds for me. I don’t know if I’m capable of starting this journey. I don’t know if I’m ready. I just don’t know. What I do know is, I know what I want for my future. I know where I want to be and what I want to do. I know that if I don’t feel ready, it’s up to me to prepare myself however I can. While I can let myself settle into my little bouts of panic, I know that’s not going to do me any good. I have no choice but to sink or swim.
As long as you know what you want and where you want to be, I guess if I were to give one piece of advice on dealing with feeling inadequate, it would be to, (as emphatically as Shia LaBeouf) JUST DO IT. What ever it is, whatever the outcome, whatever your goals are, just do it. Silence the voice in your head that tells you, you can’t or you’re not sufficient, by proving you are. Surprise yourself with what you can do by investing the time and energy it take to build your skill. It’s all about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and creating the change you want to see in yourself.
Execute and finish!
Have you been through, or are you going through pre-graduation anxiety? Let me know how you’re dealing, or how you dealt with it by commenting down below!