Just Ask Emily: What, me worry?
As always, we begin by reminding you that you can submit your questions, comments, concerns and queries to Emily right here. And now, in this week’s installment of Just Ask Emily, a reader wants to know about Emily’s present thoughts on the future.
The description next to your face below tells me that you’re graduating. What scares you the most about the future and how do you manage it?
Dear Curious Columbian,
Yours isn’t really an advice question, per se, but since I did call this column “Just Ask Emily” (touché, reader), I will do my best to answer it regardless.
I am indeed graduating in a matter of weeks. And I worry about the future all of the time. My column for Spectator literally has “future” in the title. If I’m being honest with you (and it would be sort of weird if I weren’t, right?), what worries me most about the future is the unknown-ness of it—of what will come, and where I’ll be when, and what I’ll do, and whom I’ll know.
But, as is stated in the most excellent “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen),” (you really do want to click that link), “Don’t worry about the future. Or, worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.” So I try not to worry.
“Ha! You, not worry! That’s a good one.”
Oh, sorry. Those were the peals of laughter of my friends and family.
No, not really. That was just me typing. But my point is that I’m not very good (and am, in actuality, quite bad) at not worrying. So I try to solve the aforementioned algebra equation. I spent much of the academic year, and particularly the beginning thereof, applying for a wide (so wide, reader) variety of jobs and graduate schools and fellowships. I have tried to keep an open mind about post-graduate life. And I have reminded myself that if I exert control over the limited areas over which I do have a say, if I prepare for what I can, then when the unknown comes, I will be ready—or readier, anyway—to meet it.
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