An entire year ago I woke up at 7AM, split a bottle of champagne with my roommate/close friend/god mother to my kids, walked out the room - cap and gown in hand, and graduated from the illustrious Hampton University *insert cute little curtsy here* The events of that day were a little more complex than that but you get the point.
It was a great day. It was a happy day. It was a hot day (partially my fault due to my decision to drink but I digress). Unlike many of my classmates, I wasn't sad at all. I was actually ready to leave Hampton. Not because I hated it or anything. I had just done my time. That was 365 days ago.
Upon leaving Hampton I quickly realized that there were a lot of "this is what it means to be an adult" lessons that college didn't' teach me. I probably ask myself, "Is this my life?" about 4-5 times week. Actually, now that I think about it, that has nothing to do with being an adult because I asked myself that question while I was in school too. Anyway...adulting is tough and just when I think I've gotten the hang of it, life is like, "Yeah, okay. you thought."
I am a planner and I always have been but my "adulting" journey has taught me, things don't always work out as planned. More importantly, now, more than ever, life reminds me that I am not the planner. Life will throw major curve balls - with your finances, with your relationships, with your career, and with your growth and you have no choice but to roll with the punches.. One second you're going right and then suddenly life will turn your left and you have no choice but to obey.
The truth is, I'm not sure anyone ever really gets the hang out the "adulting" thing. It's just one of those things you get comfortable with not mastering. It's one of those "learn as you go" situations. There's no handbook. There's no pamphlet. There's no guide. There's you, God, your faith, and your life learned lessons. To be quite honest, those things have gotten me this far so I guess it'll get me the rest of the way.