My Child is Gifted and 29 and Living In My Basement

Thanks to a friend’s post on Facebook, I read a very interesting blog titled “My child is gifted. He’s also 29, unemployed, and living in my basement” that is so true it makes me want to cry for the child living at home. Not only is he being unproductive and wasting his life away, but his parents are supporting him in this. Yes-I understand the job market is not the easiest one to get in to right now, but that’s why we’re young and have time to get to the job we want to get to, BUT we have to start somewhere.

The only other piece of advice I would give to people who have graduated college but are still trying to figure out what to do with their lives is to get involved in a local church. I don’t have a problem with people living at home right after college IF they’re working to get a better financial jump start on their lives. Don’t waste the time you have to get involved in people’s lives. Some of the closest friends I have came from getting involved in a small group right after college. Those friends and I are going on a 110 mile bicycle trip through South Dakota’s Black Hills this weekend where we’ll encourage each other, have a ton of fun and enjoy being together. So as I’ve encouraged the people my age before, just do something.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Psalm 133:1

After Graduation

May is upon us, which means I have started receiving invitations to graduations. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already been 6 years since I graduated from high school and 2 and a half years since I graduate from college. The adjustment from college to being an “adult” is a very difficult transition, and sometimes it still like I’m still adjusting.

This is a great time to begin planning for life after graduation, and in that idea here’s an article on ‘12 Things to Do After Graduation.’ I’d add to this list reading Kevin DeYoung’s ‘Just Do Something.’ I hate to burst any recent graduate’s bubbles, but unfortunately, you will probably not get your dream job as soon as you graduate. So instead of sitting around waiting for that job, go do something. Find a job somewhere, make some new friends, do some fun trips, invest in your younger siblings and get a head start on your life! I met some fantastic friends right after I graduated that I continue to be incredibly grateful for. We did some crazy things together and had a blast living together.

So what should you do after graduating? Just do something.