With graduation season right around the corner, parents and adults everywhere are asking the infamous question: Now what? This question comes in many forms: What are your plans after graduation? How are you going to use that expensive education? Or, what they are really asking, what are you going to do with your life?
Two weeks from today, I will face these questions all the more. I will cross a stage, shake hands with important strangers, descend some steps holding a paper that I have paid thousands of dollars and cried many tears to obtain, and you know what will happen next (as if it has not happened a hundred times already)? Everyone and their mother (literally their moms will be there) will ask me what I plan to do with my life after graduation. Having thought of a few possible responses for this question, one of which will be my real response, I have decided to share them with you.
5 possible answers to the post-graduation-plan questions:
1. Move back to the place I was before I spent “insert insane amount of money here.”
So why did I spend all this money just so I could move back in with mom and dad and keep working at Wal-Mart?
2. I’m going to give it back. Is there a refund policy for diplomas?
Now that I’ve seen my student loan bill, I don’t think I want it anymore.
3. I think I’ll go to cosmetology school.
Dear goodness child, could you not have decided this $40,000 earlier??
4. Take your job.
Could you please consider retiring?
5. Drive about 21,000 miles around America on an epic road trip.
Yes, I’m serious. Yes, I know it’s crazy. And yes, I am so incredibly excited.
No. 5 is actually the real answer that I will be giving mothers and friends on graduation day and in the days leading up to it. While the reality of this multi-month, 42-state road trip may turn out quite different than the dream of it, I am continuing to plan with the goal of hitting all of the destinations outlined in my mapped directions. Although I may not know how or where it will end, I do know that it will start. In about two weeks, I will hit the pavement on my own, music blasting, windows down and ready for all the journey holds for me. Whatever this epic trip ends up entailing, I look forward to sharing the many adventures with you!
Find out more about the trip in my next post! Follow @piggypaysblog on Twitter or PiggyPays on Facebook to find out when it is posted!