Ellie’s Post-Grad Pacific Trek

TOUR 2: August 2013 | Seattle, Washington

to San Francisco, California | 1,000+ miles


(Or watch another video of the same Graduate’s Conundrum posted on a friend’s blog whom I met on my first tour)

I graduated from college this past May in Washington, D.C, which also means that I’ve encountered the question “what’s next for you?” about a bajillion and one times. Maybe more. I grew tired of responding “I have no clue!” and adopted the answer of “I’m going West. That’s all I know. I’m going West.”

Commencement came and went, and thence began my summer of Northwest US exploration. I’ve been branching out from my base in Spokane, Washington and have experienced bits and pieces of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, California. Some by car, some by bike. (recently completed my first solo bike tour.. 471 miles through Wyoming and Montana!) For a long time, I’ve been dreaming and scheming of moving to San Francisco and attempting to find a job there, so it’s time to head down there as my savings begin to run low. So beginning around August 24, I’ll be biking about 1,000 miles of the Pacific coast route from Seattle to San Francisco!

The above video is of the little ukulele song I recently wrote about the pre-and-post-graduate identity crisis that I’m currently attempting to tame with a bicycle. It’s called the Graduate’s Conundrum. I wrote the first verse shortly before graduation, and the second verse shortly after (during my last bike tour, actually!)

These tours are useful in disseminating thoughts as I try to figure out which life direction I want to go next. As reflected in the lyrics posted below, I feel like I’ve been headed in 50 different directions over the past several years and am having trouble deciding which path I want to pursue. Thus, the lyrics of The Graduate’s Conundrum are deeply connected to this phase of my life, and related thoughts are going to be very present during this next ride when I have 6+ hours each day on a bike alone with my thoughts. Big decisions to come! It’s a simple little jingle, and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

After August 24 (or so), you can read new blog updates about the tour here.

The Graduate’s Conundrum

by Ellie McCutcheon

(Verse 1)
Let’s get right to it
The blue whale in the room
It gets bigger and bigger as the question looms
Time’s grip upon us as it drags us along
Some running right with it
Others kicking and screaming
To that one little day
On the brink of unknown
We’re prepped and ready
Or so we’ve been told
We’ll emerge from commencement just scratching our heads
Wondering which way is left and what takes us ahead.
I don’t have a real job I’m compelled to say
But I wont sit around and waste the day
I’ve got dreams and schemes and sewing machines
What will it bring? And will it sting?
I don’t know.

(Verse 2)
Let’s stay right with it
The Conundrum remains
What’s a post-grad to do?
To what end? With what aim?
I’m in 50 directions and none look the same
So I take a step back to observe the terrain
And day by day I will relay
What comes and goes and surely grows
I’m here and now which won’t allow
A future set that will beget
the Unknown.

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