How bad does it have to be for “failure” to be your backup plan? Pretty bad, I suppose, but I have to admit I’d be lying if I had not harbored these dismal thoughts from time to time. Not so much with university graduation, but sometimes when you feel like you’ve given your all and it may not be enough, it can be tempting to feel like just admitting failure and washing your hands of things. Maybe you can give yourself a chance for a fresh start.
I’ve done this a couple of times with jobs and physical locations. When I was younger (in my 20’s) I felt like if things were just not coming together for me, I could switch to another physical location or workplace and start fresh. Depending on your circumstances, it can actually work out– if you feel determined to not repeat the mistakes that led to your drastic decision to move in the first place. If your troubles are innate and internal, then not much has been accomplished. Your problems will take root in your new location and grow back into their full splendor.
As you get older, of course, it is harder to uproot and move to new places for a do-over. But if circumstances are desperate enough to make you do it, then the move can be profoundly cathartic.
Of course, Joe and Juni are in their 20’s so a minor “reboot” is technically possible, but it would also mean years of education down the drain. They are starting to know what it feels like to be firmly on those rails and committed.