“Empty Spaces,” Gouache, 2013.
Challenge 31: Life After College- Personal Growth
Personal growth and self-reflection have always been very challenging interests of mine (maybe in another life I could have studied psychology), so I knew when I chose this topic, I had to do it justice.
In “Life After College,” within the section about personal growth, author Jenny Blake touches on the struggle with loneliness. Personally, this has always been one of my bigger battles, and for different reasons throughout my life, as I matured and my surroundings changed. Slowly conquering parts of my greatest fear has allowed me to nurture new aspects of my identity to grow.
There are still lots of empty places where that garden has yet to intertwine, and sometimes I wonder, will I ever feel complete? It helps a lot to know how many holes have already filled, though, and gives me encouragement to keep going. Life after college has presented a whole new set of struggles, and of course, loneliness loves to rear it’s ugly head, but I know in time I’ll find things that are as rewarding as my student lifestyle once was.