Blog Column: 

Transitioning to adulthood seems to kind-of-maybe suck. At least at first blush.

I happened to mention that I was doing my taxes the other day, and he shared his condolences, saying that there were more to come from here on out.

“Well,” I said. “Adulthood sucks.”

“There are compensatory advantages.”

I cocked an eyebrow. “Such as?”

“Autonomy,” he replied. “With that, everything becomes possible. Not free, but possible. Without it, only other people’s wishes and plans come to pass.”

I’d like to think that’s true. Not having enough experience in the matter yet, it’s hard for me to say. However, as of now I’m more concerned that the burdens inherent in autonomy will hinder my own wishes. I mean, I’ve seen enough comics about the cost of living and whatnot to give me pause at least. Now that I’m graduating, I’m heading into a whole mess of uncertainty and, frankly, it’s terrifying.

But with uncertainty comes possibility.

I’m heading into a new world after graduation and I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of its possibilities. I imagine that anything and everything I want to pursue will require a boatload of work, but when hasn’t it? That just seems to be life. Heck, getting to UMass itself was, for many of us, a monumental achievement.

So, I’ll just have to keep my chin up and hope that my stubborn streak gets me through whatever walls block my way. That’s probably the best any of us can hope for. I’m just glad I’ve got my parents behind me for this, and I hope you all do too.

Song of the Week: This is one of my parents’ favorites and I rather enjoy it. I could use something to ease my stress a bit too. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do!

“The Weight” by The Band

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