Most people believe that they need to have everything figured out by the time they turn 18. That’s what society tells us, at least. We’re supposed to choose a college, pick a major, and have some sort of “plan” before we even have a high school degree in our hands.
This myth needs to busted. You don’t have to have a solid answer when someone asks “what do you want to do when you grow up?” There is nobody forcing you to write your future in stone and stick to one single plan for the rest of your life (even if it feels like it sometimes).
So you don’t need a plan, but you do need something. You need a path. Some sort of direction that will eventually lead you to your own future. Finding this path may be just as hard as finding a plan, but these tips will hopefully make it a whole lot easier to get started on your journey. And remember – nothing is set in stone.
Do as much as you possibly can
Do everything. When an opportunity presents itself, whether it be something as simple as going to see a play or something as crazy as traveling abroad, say yes. You never know what will happen anywhere you go.You might meet somebody who happens to know someone who knows someone who works at that company you’ve been dying to work at. Connections are everything in today’s world and you’ll never meet your key connection sitting at home watching Netflix.
Or, if you’re not sure what you want to do with your life, you’d be surprised at where inspiration might strike. Any chance you have at trying something new, job shadowing, or exploring a new place could be what gives you the “ah-ha!” moment you’ve been waiting for.
There’s no such thing as bad experience. Experience is experience and it teaches you something, whether you know it at the time or not. Even bad experiences can have a positive outcome on your mind set, showing you firsthand what you do not want to do. So say yes and try anything and everything you get the opportunity to!
Find your cheerleaders
If you’re doing great things and want to share your accomplishments with somebody or you need a little pick-me-up, everyone needs somebody they can go to for motivation and encouragement.
Whether your cheerleaders are family, friends, co-workers, or anyone else, make sure you have at least one or two people that you can talk to about your greatest achievements and your biggest fears. These people will help guide you through your life journey and make sure you’re never feeling too down on yourself.
Keep moving forward.
Even if you have a great path to follow, there will always be moments of weakness. Moments when you doubt yourself and your dreams. It is important that through these rough patches, you find the strength to keep moving.
Nothing will happen by staying in one place. Take risks, live on your own, go to college, apply for your dream job. Whatever it is, do what you need to do to achieve your dreams.
Your future doesn’t have to be set in stone, but you should always be moving toward something. Explore the world to find your passion and once you have it, never stop following it.