Reflecting on the 10s

If I were to take a moment to look back on the last 10 years, I have a lot to reflect on.

In the year 2010, I was in my last year of university. I graduated surrounded by my best friends with a communications and film degree. I had never felt more happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time in my life and I truly did not know what the future held for me.

In the summer of 2010, I had a very narrow view of what my future looked like. I was in the slow process of knowing my true identity after a break up that made me question what I really wanted to do with my life. I had a fear and pressure from many outside influences on what my next strategic move should be in my life. Should I get a full-time job in my industry? Should I move to Toronto? Should I save money to buy a house? Should I travel?

Many of my peers were focused and determined to get full-time, well-paying jobs in their industry as soon as possible. The pressure a student gets when they graduate university is completely overwhelming and truly suffocating. What do we truly know about life and what we want at 21?

When I had conversations with my friends and family about traveling, I always sensed a bit of judgment and naivety in my dreams and my goals. Everyone’s mission after university was to get a job that would secure you for the rest of your life, find someone to settle down and live that life with. Society makes us feel like it is the most important thing we should be doing.