I spent ten days in Croatia surrounded by breathe-taking waterfalls and amazing weather. I met people from around the world who were down for anything: renting a 13ft boat for the day, drinking ginger tea or running with you in the rain. Amidst the adventures, I learned this valuable lesson:
It's fine if you don't have a plan right now (most people your age don't have one either)
Upon my arrival in Split, I was obsessing over my future. This trip was supposed to be a graduation present from me to myself, but I was constantly thinking about the fact that I had no idea what I was going to do after this month of traveling. I wrote about my confusion non-stop in my journal and most times I saw myself straying away from reality worrying about it. However, the moment I arrived in Hvar, an island off the coast of Croatia notorious for it's party scene, I met plenty of people who were on the same boat.
The interesting part about them was that they only mentioned their uncertainty about the future if I asked them what they do in life, but not once was this a topic of conversation or a source of frustration and anxiety. Perhaps they were trying to avoid the topic altogether, but they weren't obsessing about the future like I was, although we were both the same age, recently graduated and traveling to celebrate our degrees. They were focused on what beach we were going to next or what we were going to cook for dinner. We spoke about the present, how amazing we were feeling, and what other countries we've visited: things that were happening now. Not things that might or might not happen.
In no way am I saying that we should completely disregard our plans for the future. But sometimes our duty is to watch the sunset with a couple of strangers who, for some strange reason, you instantly vibed with. Croatia showed me that there is a time and place for everything. Thinking about my future amidst my travels is not the time. Split, Dubrovnik and Hvar are not the place.
We live in a society that makes us believe we have to have a plan at all times, and if we fail to do so, we are not "productive", "focused" or "on the grind". My fellow backpackers showed me it's fine to take a moment for yourself and let loose, and dance at the beach. Of course, once I finish my travels I will sit down and figure out my next move. But let a $4 wine on a boat in Croatia go to waste by worrying about the future? The time will come were all questions must be at least partially answered. In the meantime, I and celebrate my accomplishments.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in French from the University of Miami. The future looks bright. Cheers to that.