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Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Learning my capacity

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos

Life after college is quite the transition.

I remember being in school and imagining what the real world would be like. Is it Sunday morning brunch? Is it more dinner parties?

Is it routine over-spontaneity? What’s it all about?

To be honest, what initially got me most excited about the real world was the idea of the lack of homework. But, I have quickly learned that there will always be homework , whether it is for work, home or relationships, there is always something that is unfinished and left to do.

In other words, you will always have something on your to-do list, it’s just a matter of prioritizing and balancing by importance.

I remember people would always tell me to enjoy every minute of college because it is the best four years of your life. Part of me was anxious for the next step and a new beginning, and I had to remind myself during college not to rush the process.

Looking back now, I know the reasons as to why, when I’m 50, I’ll still be recounting memories from college and enjoying reunion trips with my best friends.

For me, college was the best four years of my life for the time of my life that I was in. It provided me with the opportunities that I needed at that time in my life and I’m certain that this next stage will do the same.

No matter what stage of life you’re in, there will always be stress, hard times, heartache, unanswered questions and fear.

I have learned that what makes you most efficient is understanding your capacity to handle these moments gracefully. With time and experience, your capacity gets greater so much so that you can take on tasks that a year ago you would have never imagined doing.

With this growth in capacity, a full plate no longer looks intimidating , instead it looks rewarding.

In this new transition, I’ve learned that in order to increase my capacity, I have to push my limits and explore the unknown because a stagnant mindset maintains capacity instead of increasing it.

On long days, when I’m exhausted from all the absurdities and complexities that have come up, I have to remind myself that five years from now, I will look back on this time and wish that I could go back to when I was less than a year out of school. When I was in the process of creating myself, in the process of increasing my capacity.

Life is full of transitions. In fact, transitions consume life.

Unfortunately, there is no time limit or deadline as to when the transition is over and when your new stage has settled in. But, what’s fortunate is that there’s transition to get you there.

Mari Katherine can be reached at

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