Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays

This morning I got out of bed and had one of those what am I doing? moments.  Well, I guess it’s longer than a moment cuz I am still having it.

This is the first time in my educational/professional life that I haven’t had a plan for what comes next.  For so long, my ultimate goal has been getting licensed as a therapist, and I had all the smaller goals leading up to that.  I viewed my professional life as this visual cliff, where I could look out and see all these roadblocks (earning hours, turning in the application, studying, taking each exam, etc.) leading up to the sheer drop-off, and just at the edge of the cliff was licensure.

Now I am standing here, at the edge of the cliff, and I look over and I see…nothing.  Air.  Blank space.  A long drop.  Sure, I have a few floating ideas for what may come next, but nothing that really takes shape.

I am doing my best to hang in this space and feel what it’s like.  I don’t have too much judgement- it’s neither good nor bad; it’s just where I’m at right now.  It is an interesting mix of excitement- that my world could go in any direction right now- to fear- that I have no idea what the hell I am doing from this point forward.

With that said, I wonder what I will say or how I will feel about this time in my life when I look back in 5 or 10 years time?

More and more I find myself thinking about the personal/family development of my life, and so far that has been a nice change.  The timing couldn’t have been better, that as soon as I got licensed I got to start planning a wedding (and not at the same time, thank goodness).

Maybe some floating babies will materialize as I continue to look out over this cliff, who knows?

At any rate, I hope they are diapered, or else look out below.

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How have others conceptualized life transitions (or lack thereof)?

Anyone else have that feeling of now what? once you’ve achieved some long sought-after goal?

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10 responses

  1. I’ve definitely always been one to freak out about the nothing space and then freak out even more when a plan materializes. Is it the right plan? Will I get stuck in it if it’s the wrong plan? Am I going to end up living in a van down by the river?

    So, I suppose I skip the “Now what?” and head straight for “I’m DOOMED!”, haha.

    • Ha, thanks for sharing your thought process.
      It’s interesting, I find I try to calm myself down when I get a case of the doomies by calling on general faith.
      Faith that things usually work out for me in the end, and faith knowing that I usually make pretty rad decisions, and so this time won’t be much different.
      I still panic and worry underneath, though.

  2. I’m just impressed that you’re able to chill out in the nothing space for a while! I tend to enter major panic mode when I don’t have a plan – need to work on that!!

  3. I’d start with the question where do I want to be in 5 or 10 years (dream outrageous and big) and then figure out how to get there. It is nice to take a moment. When I graduated I expected to feel transformed and then I realised the transformation occurred during the process. It’s weird to not feel driven. It feels like there is too much free time, but that’s what you need to think.

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