This is only my second post, but it will be a bit of a personal one. Tomorrow, May 9th, I will be turning 22 years old. While I know that I am still young, and there is so much to look forward to, I feel as though I am having a midlife crisis… or maybe a quarter life crisis. I feel like I am just stuck in the same place, and that I am not where I should be by now.
My career of choice is Pharmacy, and unlike most programs where you come out with a doctorate degree, pharmacy school does not require you to have a degree before being accepted. This has its pros, but it also has its cons. The pros are obviously, school is only 6 – 7 years instead of a minimum of 8, but the main con is I don’t get to walk and attend graduation when all of my friends do. 2016 was my year to graduate, but instead of decorating my cap, and having the celebrations like I did four years ago, I still have three more years of school to go. This is honestly the main reason I have been having my quarter life crisis, and I know that I am doing what I need to be doing with school, but it is still really hard to sit back and watch the people I graduated with four years ago graduating this year.
So what am I doing to fix the way I feel about this? Easy! I am focusing on two very important things; myself and my future. Whenever I am feeling down about something when I know I shouldn’t be I do something that I know will cheer me up. Of course what you do will depend on what you like, but some of the things I like to do are:
- Go Ice Skating
- Get a pedicure
- Take a mini vacation (a weekend road trip is great!)
- Check something off my bucket list
- Spend time with my friends
- Watch a movie that I love ( my go to is always Just Go With It)
- Call someone who makes me happy
- Take a bath
- And if all else fails, take a nap
There are more options out there but these are a few of my favorites. Whenever I am feeling down, I will make sure to take the time out of my day, and just do something for myself. Everybody deserves to do this every now and then, and nobody should feel bad for doing something that will cheer you up and make you happy!
Now to get to the second item, focus on your future! No matter what your situation may be, the future will always be brighter. You could feel that your life is unraveling, and that everything is going wrong, but focusing on your future will cheer you up, I promise. There are so many aspects to your future that you could be focusing on such as graduating, taking a vacation, starting a new job, moving to a new place, the possibilities are truly endless. Once you think of what you want to focus on, just write down some things you are excited for about your future, and maybe make a plan on how you are going to get there. Personally, I am going on a pretty exciting vacation in 8 months (I will write about that in a future post!), and when I feel down, I will make a list of things I need for my trip before I go, and what I want to do while I am there. It really helps calm me down to know that I will be doing something so exciting and wonderful soon, and that I just have to wait a little longer before I go.
We all get into a funk sometimes, but what matters is how you handle the situation. You can either choose to do something that will make you happy, or you can let it grow out of control and take over your life.
I would love to hear what you guys do to help feel better when you just seem to be in a funk! Please comment below with your ideas!