Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and how you do it – Maya Angelou
If there’s one question that I’ve longed to have banned in schools, it’s “What do you want to do when your older?”
Because at 28 I’m still no closer to knowing than I was 10 years ago.
And to be honest, I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
Admittedly there are a handful of younglings who could probably tell you straight off what they’d like to spend the rest of their lives doing between 9 and 5; but for many, like myself at that I age, nobody knows.
And how can we expect anyone to know and when they haven’t even experienced the world yet?
During my years of education, I was lucky enough to have the best advice from my Mother, who simply said – “Always do what makes you happy”.
And I’ve taken that advice with me through all of my life choices; be it my choice in education, relationships or jobs. I’ve always gone with what makes me feel happy, and if it hasn’t made me happy, I’ve changed it.
For a long time throughout school and college, I envied those who knew what they wanted to do with their lives – they had so much drive and direction. And I had all the drive but no idea about where I wanted to go with it.
The thing is we can all get caught up in this question even later on in life. We get caught up in a career, or a job that just lets us get by – and before we know it we start getting those Sunday blues and wonder why.
I haven’t found my passion yet, and I think it’s safe to say that many people haven’t. But there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re always under the presumption that what we do now we have to do forever – but that isn’t the case.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the job I’m in at the moment, and I love writing on my blog, but I’m yet to find that role where I’m completely satisfied to the point it doesn’t even feel like work. You know that moment where you have to pinch yourself and think, “I get paid for this.”
I know it’s the magical scenario we all wish for, and I’m fully aware I may not ever get to this elusive destination, but I don’t see the harm in trying.
My diverse experiences will help me on my journey to find that passion. whatever is and whenever it pops along. But it’s only by embracing each adventure, and throwing myself out there that will lead to finding that unique moment.
We all put too much pressure on ourselves to do well and succeed in which ever way that is, and I think sometimes we could all do with remembering, that whether you’re at 45 or 65, ‘your thing’ will come to you one day, and you’ll realise why you had to go on the journey.