Turns out, it’s not for everybody
From the age of five, you are groomed and prepped to become a functional member of society. For thirteen years you are constantly reminded of the surefire path to success: “Graduate, go to college, get a real job, live happily and successfully ever after!” While it may work out that way for some, everyone at least knows someone who wasn’t quite so lucky. Either they can’t land a job because no one is hiring in their field or they have a job that makes them completely and utterly miserable. The person who can’t land a job is told they ‘should’ve gotten a more practical degree’ while the miserable one is quizzed as to why he picked something he hated.
First off, (in my humble opinion), asking an 18 year old to decide what they want to do for the ENTIRE REST OF THEIR LIFE is just totally insane. At 18, having never even been away from home for more days than I could count on one hand, I didn’t even have a clue who I was….much less what I wanted to do! In high school I was taking science classes to prep for college, planning on being a veterinarian. Then I discovered that, despite my love for animals, I am squeamish. Not gonna work out.
Going into college, I thought I was going to be a kindergarten teacher. Although the idea of summer vacations for life really excited me, I realized that wasn’t going to be the right fit either after seeing how excited all my peers were when talking about lesson plans and future classrooms. For me, the excitement just wasn’t there. It was a means to an end. A degree that I could graduate with.
Make a change
Upon learning this, I switched my major to Psychology for approximately one semester, because hey! The human brain is pretty interesting, right? But I didn’t want to be a psychologist or a counselor or in social work or really in any career that actually had anything to do with psychology. So I decided to take a break. It was on this break that I visited the ocean for the first time and completely fell in love. I discovered that I had a desire to travel the world.
I’ve never been thrilled about the idea of joining 9-5 America (says the girl in the process of obtaining a business degree!). The idea of waking up to spend every single day fighting to climb a corporate ladder that I could care less about sounds about as fun to me as repeatedly sticking a fork in a electrical socket. In return for all my hard work, I’ll maybe get weekends & holidays off, and a few vacation days a year. Not really ideal for a girl who’s already planning a two/three week trip to Thailand.
In my college hiatus, I learned a lot about who I am and what I want out of life. I believe that it’s the experiences that you have in your late teens and early twenties, after you’ve moved out onto your own, that shape you into who you’ll be as an adult. You realize the things that are actually important to you. Travel is important to me. Family is immensely important. I want to see SO MANY places! I want to stay at home with my future little ones. 9-5 is not the lifestyle that I see myself being happy in.
Love the life you live
We only get one go at this, so why should we spend it being miserable? I’m choosing to create the life that I want to live. If you’re feeling stuck and unhappy in your 9-5, this one’s for you: Change your life! It’s really that simple. Take a risk, follow you dreams, and make it happen. There are tons of options out there. It may even be hard, but I promise you it will be so, so worth it! Build the life you want to live, and love it.