Our life is filled with mazes which can be fun or confusing. The puzzles that accompany this time of year are filled with wonder. Many students will be graduating from high school or college this month. Their lives will be a maze of discovery.
The high school graduate has been guided by their parents through the mazes of the school years. Each school grade has a set of content to be mastered by the students in the school year. Everything is regimented and there is a clear map to the end of the maze. This is a wonderful and fun time in life. School dances and sports will be remembered and talked about for a lifetime.
The day comes for graduation and the high school graduate is faced with decisions for the future. Which maze in life to take has filled the mind of the graduate for months and now the time has come for a decision to be made. Does the graduate go to college or a vocational program or perhaps immediately enter the workforce?
If college or the vocational program is the high school graduate’s choice then which school enters into the maze? For some graduates this is an easy choice having had a revelation of what to study early in life. Other graduates will have a difficult decision due to not having a clear idea of what to do in life. The maze will be more of an adventure for these graduates.
For the high school graduate that chooses to immediately enter the work force the maze will also be an adventure. The process of finding a job can be a confusing task filled with resume writing, filling out job applications, and finally the job interview. Successful navigation of this maze requires guidance and a willingness to learn from other people.
The next group of graduates come from the college or vocational school settings. These students have pursued higher education in specific interests and are now on the threshold of exiting the maze of school into the real world. The time to move into the new maze of life has come.
These graduates face the same learning experiences as the high school graduate who entered the work force years earlier. Their focus will be on a career path based on the specific interests studied in school. Like the high school graduate entering the work force a job will be found and the maze of life in the real world will begin.
In the next phase of life graduates must learn to navigate the maze of living in the real world. The parents of these graduates will offer advice when needed but the main focus is now on independence. This is an exciting time in life.
The path to independence is a fun maze to enter filled with twists and turns. Learning to live on a new income can be a daunting task. There is no longer the safety net of parental income. The graduate will learn to navigate this maze with pride and a sense of accomplishment.
Searching for the first apartment is an exciting adventure. The graduate searches for something within a budget based upon income. There are many different apartments with differing lifestyle options to choose from. This maze may be taken individually or with a group of people looking to share living expenses. Learning to navigate this maze is an exciting adventure.
The next maze encountered by young graduates is the option to get married following graduation or to live independently as a single adult. Both options hold exciting possibilities.
The young graduate opting to marry immediately has a partner to share the journey of the maze. The twists and turns in this maze include learning to live as a couple and possibly childbearing. The adventure turns to searching for independence and stability in the maze.
The young graduate choosing to remain single for a while may experience the maze of adventure. The young graduate may choose a career that allows for travel. This can be an exciting time in a young person’s life. There is the challenge of living in different places for a short amount of time. This maze requires planning to navigate the twists and turns of life. It can be an amazing experience.
Mazes continue throughout life. Choosing to go into life’s mazes with the sense of wonder and excitement makes the journey more pleasant. Some mazes will be difficult with many twists and turns. All of this is just part of our journey through life.
copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce