TOMORROW: Dealing with my fear of tomorrows

TOMORROW: Dealing with my fear of tomorrows

[Written by Annegret Maja Fiedler – Social Media Editor]

I spend a lot of time stressing about my future, and realising that in about 250 tomorrows I may have graduated. I have to seem employable by then, and I need to know what career path I must pursue.

While I know I am not the only one facing such fears, it does not make dealing with them much easier. Giving up is not an option during my last year of university, though, so I’m forcing myself to face my fears.

I do not think I will wake up one morning and have my entire life figured out. However, I have decided to take the following points into account:

  1. I have to stop underestimating myself. I am capable of more than I think.
  2. I need to show myself some more respect and self-love. If I value myself and my time, what kind of choices would I be making? How would I be managing my time? Which people are worth surrounding myself with?
  3. I need to remember that I can keep my options open. Instead of convincing myself I am trapped into only pursuing one type of career path, I could apply to multiple graduate jobs and master’s degree programs. What do I need to do in order to keep my career options open?
  4. I am going to have to keep my priorities straight. What are my wants and needs? Which needs are the most important and need to be fulfilled first? A priority of mine is mental and physical wellbeing, and sometimes I forget that and find myself in unhealthy situations.

I believe that the future can seem less daunting when you are equipped to deal with the potential excitement, losses, and lessons waiting for you out there. Being afraid of the future is natural, and can be a manifestation of a lack in self-value. I am learning to accept and appreciate myself, and this has been beneficial to my ability to be productive and goals I am setting for myself. I am finding comfort in my strength to overcome challenges, and being able to know what is best for me.

I can be vulnerable and anxious, but I can also be resilient.

You can be resilient, too.

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