If you know me offline, you probably already know that I change my mind quite a lot; whether it’s plans, what food I’m going to eat or even whether I am actually wanting to be a functional human being one day, or a sad, sorry mess the next.
It’s something that I’ve had trouble with for years. I seem to have a mental block when it comes to actually making a decision for even the smallest of things.
But I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to not know what you want from life – even if you’re 26 years old and have literally nothing to lose.
You Have Longer Than You Think
Don’t listen to those people who are bitterly whining that if you haven’t got your life in order by the time you’re 20, you’ll get nowhere. Just because they managed to land on their feet and have a house, a well paid job and settled down for a family “by your age”, remember that times are rapidly changing – and so are you.
Instead of rushing into (and trying to settle into) a career that you believe is the only one for you because there’s nothing else that you can do, why not try and find alternatives into the career that you’ve been dreaming of?
The world of work is always constantly changing, so there may be a career in the future that plays exactly to your strengths, so don’t worry that you’re not in a position right now which you want to be in.
You Are Constantly Changing As A Person
Think about it, you aren’t the same person you were a few years ago, no matter how much you think you’ve stayed the same. We’re constantly evolving as individuals thanks to our constant learning curve through life experiences.
This means that many people chop and change career paths because they simply grow away from the one that they are currently on. There’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of; after all, your happiness should come before anything else. Feeling unhappy in a position that you feel is no longer for you isn’t a weakness – it’s just a sign that it may be time to move on to pastures new.
I never thought I’d end up in digital marketing. Growing up, I had always wanted to be a vet, and it wasn’t until it came to choosing what to study in Sixth Form that I decided I wasn’t the right kind of person to be in that position. It’s going to be the same in the future – will I always be a content marketer? Maybe not!
We’re told constantly that we need to have a life plan in place; I say see how you develop as a person before pledging yourself to one idea or life direction – you’ll never know what kind of person you may turn into!
Are you in the same career you always thought you’d be in? Do you think you’ll be in the same job until you retire? Let me know!