Grade 12, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu
WELL, here we are again. Here comes the word that you have been dreading: adulthood. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably most comfortable reminiscing about your playground adventures of grade school and keeping up with simple high school schedules surrounded by friends you’ve known for ages. Unfortunately, however, that safe bubble that we’ve grown a bit too familiar with is soon about to change. With graduation right around the corner, these upcoming months are bound to be full of identity dilemmas and big decisions that will impact the rest of your life.
Now take a breath, because as intimidating as that may have sounded, adulthood is a lot simpler than we think. Many people have various interpretations of what it means to be an adult. Some think it’s all about moving out, getting a degree, and handling finances. And although adults may handle those technicalities in life, the true determining factor of adulthood is our mindset. Being an adult, ultimately means making decisions that are best for our personal goals in life. We have complete independence to call the shots and write our own story. It is a misconception that all adults always have everything figured out and only make correct decisions. But what adults do best is stay confidently self aware. While making these big decisions, it is important to be well calculated and sure of ourselves.
A step we can make in preparing ourselves for adulthood is to start doing more self-reflection. Determining what we are and aren’t capable of. With our mental health as a top priority, creating schedules that are conducive to helping achieve goals that make us happy. We define our own success. Let’s stop listening to what society deems as ideal and acceptable. Let’s redefine, in our own terms, what life should look like, and from there slowly work towards achieving that life.
I’ve realized that in adulthood, we don’t always have to be right. We don’t have to have it all figured out. All that is needed from us is our honest effort to be the best version of ourselves.
Going out into the world is frightening in ways words cannot explain. We must acknowledge, however, that we are not alone. Our peers are on the same road to adulthood. We may be going at different paces or taking different routes, but one thing is for sure: We all will reach our destination.