I feel like this is a question that gets asked quite a lot in life, especially when you’re young; literally from the time we are children all the way up to full-blown adulthood. I know you remember being asked to draw or write about what you wanted to be when you grew up in grade school. Policemen, astronauts, doctors! You know the deal.
And that thought stays with us throughout the stages of our lives, whether it’s actually being asked or not; it’s always in the back of our minds. Maybe some people actually do know what they want to do with their life but for me I have absolutely no idea and I’ll be turning 27 in several months. I think the fact is that the large majority of people have absolutely no clue what they want to do with their life.
Earlier on in life, this thought gave me quite a bit of anxiety. Starting in late highschool and especially during college because I had no clue what I wanted to do and my biggest fear was that whatever I chose to do, I would end up hating. I’ve always felt that it is extremely hard for a young person to just up and decide that they know the path they want to take in life without any actual experience in the field which they choose to pursue.
I never actually finished college, partially due to the issues that this entire blog is based around, but also because I simply had no freakin clue what I wanted to do. I didn’t have any real life experience working in the world other than stocking shelves at a grocery store, working in a meat room, and flipping burgers at Mc’y D’s at that point in my life. I definitely knew that I didn’t want to do that, but it still didn’t lend me any answers either!
After dropping out of college with about 90 something credit hours, I sort of fell off the map for a while; In all reality I was completely lost up until the last couple of years really. I worked quite a few different jobs but I knew none of them were careers for me. Eventually after a long while I did discover that I had a fondness for logistics, whether internal or external; it was mentally stimulating and I enjoyed putting the pieces of the puzzle that is logistics together.
I still work in the logistics world; but if you would have asked me 5 years ago what I wanted to do with my life, the answer would have been the same. I have no fuckin clue! And I still don’t. I know that I enjoy my work, and intend to stay in my current career until something else pops out at me but the question remains unanswered.
For the longest time, this caused me quite a bit of distress; more so a hopeless feeling, like I was never going to find my niche in this crazy world. The options are nearly limitless but where do you even begin?
I guess my entire point for writing this is that I finally realized that it is OKAY to not know what you want to do with your life, no matter what age you are. Hopefully you can find something that you enjoy but if you haven’t, keep searching. This is all part of the process of learning, and every job you have you will learn something from it if you apply yourself; it’s all just apart of your evolution as a person.
For me, I’m at least satisfied in what I’m currently doing; And right now, that’s enough for me. Like so many of us, just wing it; And hopefully, maybe eventually you’ll find the place that you feel you are meant to be.
Life doesn’t have to be so strictly planned out and linear, looking at it from that point of view only serves to limit us and the opportunities that we might find. So, go out there, do your best, experience as much as you can, and wing it!
My best of luck to you all!