3 Things We Should All Figure Out


Yesterday, I officially became a senior in college and applied to graduate school. On the same day.

This process low key overwhelmed me... because, well.... I feel like I'm just now kinda figuring out this whole undergraduate thing. Let me pause for a second here to be sure I add lotsss of emphasis on that "kinda". How is it already time to figure out graduate school? Do you feel me??

I'm learning.

Aren't we all just learning?

Learning as we go.

Learning as we have no clue where we're going or how to get there.

Learning as we mess up what feels like everything.

Learning as we have those breakthroughs towards success.

Learning how to fail.

Learning how to succeed.

Learning how to overcome.

Yep, we're all just learning. In fact, the older I get, the more things I realize I've yet to learn. Isn't it nuts how it works like that? *sigh*

So, I guess I'll conquer senior year and go to grad school and keep figuring this out.

That's the thing about life. We never really figure it out.

Not completely, at least. But maybe, just maybe, the key to figuring the grand scheme of life out is figuring out a few simpler things first.

1. Am I happy?

The question seems far too simple, I know. But just answer it. Sometimes, we need to contemplate this question.

This leads us to the next question.

2. Am I doing the things that make me happy?

Now, I'm well aware that happiness doesn't always grow as beautifully as the grass on The Drill Field. How could it since we aren't tending to it as fervently as the groundskeepers at the "agriculture school" in Mississippi tend to its beloved grass?

Aha moment: tend to your happiness. Tame it to grow.

So, your happiness is growing. What about you?

3. Am I growing?

If you aren't growing, you're dying. Life is meant to teach and mold and move us. Learn how to play the piano. Try Thai food. Move across the country. Take up biking. Start a podcast.

Grow into who you dream about becoming.

And remember, growing a centimeter a day is still growing. :)

So, hello senior year and grad school applications and another day of life.

1, 2, 3, GO!!!


Madeline Burdine is a Communications major with PR concentration at Mississippi State University. As Editor of Mississippi Millennials, her passion is to push people to higher heights within themselves, thinking more and doing more. Pursuing a career as a writer, Madeline enjoys running, reading, and learning.