BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Isabelle

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Isabelle

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Isabelle Orozco
Las Antologias
Age • 20

” I often want to keep dreaming, I definitely need an escape from my 9-5 reality, and I most certainly must work to provide for myself and my future.”  

I want, I need, I must.

These are 3 words I often use to describe my extraordinary 20’s. I often want to keep dreaming, I definitely need an escape from my 9-5 reality, and I most certainly must work to provide for myself and my future.

Post-graduating, I felt the full impact of the safety net my university offered.

I often proclaimed I was living the adult life, even though I had the liberty of doing whatever I wanted whenever I so pleased me. But this, this non-university life or REAL life, is quite different.

Different because for the very first time in my life I don’t have a concrete plan. I have no need to follow the academic year and prepare myself for the upcoming semester. I have no need to take exams, quizzes, or complete homework.

My past 16 years of academic responsibilities are donezo.

So… what now?

I venture, I explore my inside and outside world, I battle, and I experience.

On. My. Own.

It has been frightening yes, with the persistent worry of how I will manage to pay off my mounting debt, outings, and most commonly amongst my generation, my travels. But it is exciting.

These past months I have learned much about myself, lessons that no university course could have ever taught me. Post-graduation I set, completed, and still develop plans for myself that are not required by a syllabus for a passing grade.

I am gingerly learning the delicate importance of patience, making my own rules, and goals. And even though at times I may feel like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, floating aimlessly through the abyss of ambivalence, I will continue to drift in my own uncertainty until I find an island to call my own.

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