Getting older is actually kind of scary. It’s as if you were JUST a sophomore in high school, and you had plenty of time to think about where you wanted to go and who you wanted to be. Then, as I’m sure plenty of us can attest to, you’re either about to graduate, in college or already in your career, and suddenly you have to have it all figured out. You have to know exactly in what direction you’re going and how you are going to get there. You have to become “set.” And being set is overwhelming, because if you were filled with all of this time to choose, and then you’re pushed and set into a direction, in which it is portrayed as what will be for the rest of your life, a one way road, how can you not be… scared? Or worried? Or questioning if this is the road you ACTUALLY want to be on? And what’s even weirder than it all, is that you can feel all of this by being asked a simple question like: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Well… HEY. Maybe I don’t know what I want to be. Or maybe I want to be a multitude of things. Or maybe I wanted more time to know 100% what road I want to be traveling on for the rest of… forever.
But that’s the thing, guys. We don’t HAVE to know. I mean, maybe it’s convenient to have a general idea about what you want to do before you go to college, this way you don’t spend money on classes you won't really need. But how dare you or I let ourselves believe that if we aren't completely sure about something, we’re wasting our time? And how dare we make ourselves believe we HAVE to have all of that answers about our future lives? Because in reality, we don’t have to have ALL of the answers. Life is dynamic; it isn't some static math equation. Things change. And for that reason, don’t feel as if your career always HAS to be the same. Just because you’re making a decision now or doing something now, doesn't mean it will be forever. If for whatever reason in 20 years from now, you find that you are unhappy with where you are, you can pick up and move along somewhere new. Don’t ever make yourself feel stuck, especially when you’re only 20-something and you have the rest of your life ahead of you!
But as I mentioned before – having a general idea of where you want to go before you start moving is a good idea. It’s not a permanent destination, but it will prevent you from spinning your wheels for nothing.
And so, I want to leave you with some questions I found on Life Hack to ask yourself when you’re deciding “what you want to be when you grow up:"
- What am I good at?
- What locations am I comfortable living in?
- How much control do I need over my own time?
- Am I more introverted or extroverted?
- How much money do I really need?
After asking yourself these questions, try taking a career test. Even if you've already taken one, sometimes it’s a good reminder about what careers seem fit for you.
Young at heart,