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Marissa Does Portland - and Offers Some Advice
Marissa Does Portland - and Offers Some Advice

A year is a relatively short space of time.

Most years just fly by, marked by no significant changes, no dramatic events or life changing moments.

But the year that begins with the end of your college career is full of nothing but changes. The moment you saunter off stage, diploma in hand, every day becomes unlike the one that preceded it. You wake up and everything you do -- down to what pants you put on in the morning -- has significance. You have to make hard decisions that can and will decide the rest of your life.

It can be completely horrifying.

And now, as seniors in colleges all over the country are preparing to graduate -- News Center's fabulous Chris Marine included -- many are wondering things like: Do I need more schooling? Can I get a job? Will it be a job I love? How am I going to pay back my student loans? Do I want to leave home? Am I ready for this?

However, the most important question you have to ask yourself is are you going to give into your fears and settle for an easy, safe life or are you going to go out and find what makes you happy?

As someone who is nearing the end of her first year in the post-graduate world, I feel I would be remiss if I didn't offer up any sage advice. Please forgive me if I get a little preachy.

For me, this year has been both terrifying and gratifying. I graduated from college in May, was backpacking the Middle East by June, moved to Maine in August and was a producer at WCSH by September. At every turn, there was a choice I had to make. I had to balance my priorities with reason, my hopes with reality.

And there is no doubt that I made some mistakes (suuure, I probably shouldn't have gotten into that unmarked cab in Jordan), but they all lead me to the place I am now. Had I run away from the things that scared me, I wouldn't be where I am today. And I can confidently say that it is not my intelligence or my talent or my striking beauty (ha) that I credit for my successes so far -- it the courage I have to just live.

So I guess what I am saying is don't be afraid. You'll waste your life away worrying about the choices you make when really, you could make a mistake and correct it in less time. Maybe it's the writer in me, but I believe that life is about having a story to tell. And the experiences that go into the story of your life, regardless of what they may be, should make you proud. 

It is certainly easier said than done but you only have one life and you should live the crap out of it. It's not always going to be easy and it may seem like too much to handle; but when you tell people your story someday, you'll be able to tell everyone that you really, really lived. And what more could you ask out of life?

Chris Marine's latest blog post inspired me to write this. Because like he said, "you can learn so much from other peoples' experiences. Often times the best thing you can do if you feel a moment of weakness or feeling a sense being lost and alone is to simply step back from whatever you're doing and simply watch and observe the people around you and the people that you look up to the most."

So, dear friends about to graduate (my little sister, Monica-- too!), get scared because it's going to be awesome. Good luck!

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