May is the month of commencement. Excitement is plentiful and advice is churned out like flashy marketing swag. Several of your friends are starting new jobs, one is volunteering in a remote village for a year, a few are vacationing in Europe, and you…well, you’re the outlier who simply wants the freedom to recharge in a do-nothing space. Not everyone will understand this desire to pause and unwind, but grandma will. Talk to her.
Why not take the time to write your own commencement address? Ask lots of questions before you begin. What is the overarching theme in your life? Who challenges you to be courageous? What characteristics do you admire about your best friend? Describe your real style, not a trend. Authenticity--developed layer upon layer--is lustrous and true. The world is your oyster.