“What do you want to be when you grow up?” When we were young, this was our favorite question with answers ranging from being the President to being a mermaid. But this question seems to morph into “did you get a job yet?” once you hit your senior year in college. Some find jobs right away, some take a year off, and some head straight to graduate school. When I hear the word “job,” I think of financial security. When I think of the word “career,” however, two words come to mind: purpose and fulfillment.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve spent my whole life thinking about what job I’m going to get, and didn’t really focus on my career goals up until this last year. But, I’m only 22, so I have a little bit of time to figure my life out. If you’re older than 22, and find yourself stuck at a job, it’s never too late to find your purpose.
To me, a career is something you were meant for, something you were born for. I don’t think it’s an accident anyone was born. Every single person, whether good or bad, serves a purpose in this world. What are you meant to do on this Earth? If you don’t have an answer to that question, you haven’t thought about it hard enough. Think about activities that make you so happy that you escape into a whole new imaginative and creative realm. Think about activities that make you feel indescribably alive.
Do you love art and love helping people? Maybe try looking into Art Therapy! Do you love music and love helping people? Maybe look into Music Therapy! Love helping the environment? Maybe look into environmental analytics! Do some research to find your true calling. If you never went to college, don’t let that interfere with your dreams. Dreams don’t just manifest on their own; you need to put in the work.
Life is too damn short to not pursue what YOU want to do. There’s always a way. ALWAYS. If you find yourself stuck in a job that doesn’t make you genuinely happy, find something else. Even if this job provides you with the financial security you may need, what’s that money worth if you’re sacrificing your mental health and your happiness? It may not be easy, but it’s always possible. When you’re older and reflecting on your life, you don’t want to have an endless list of things you wish you did or accomplished. You want to look back at your life as whole. Leave your own legacy. Make your dreams reality. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be. You are the creator of your own destiny, so do everything in your power to manifest it into something beautiful and worth living for. No, it will not be easy. But, if you want something badly enough, you'll find a way to make it happen.
“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart