Choosing something we want to do for the rest of our lives is so difficult, especially when we’re forced to pick it out at such a young age. The thing that plagues all young people and makes me squirm, picking a career that not only fits us, but doesn’t fill us with impending doom. At 16 I chose to study Television at college and bound myself to media, a decision I don’t regret, but I am lucky. There are many people who start studying and find that the have picked the wrong career, drop out and have to pay far too much money to pursue their actual goal.
One of the biggest issues with it all is picking something we genuinely enjoy. There are far too many people who don’t realise that they can work for enjoyment and not just money. Although money is important and we need to take the shitty jobs to get to the fantastic ones, we are also faced with the issue of comfort within a job. The comfort of money and security. The thing that will hold us back from achieving the things we were destined for. The things that will leave us feeling neglected, low, unmotivated and tortured.
We have to remind ourselves that money isn’t the be all and end all of things and happiness is one of the most important things in our lives. With out happiness comes negative emotion that will harm us in all parts of our lives, including our work. We begin to feel bitter and take it out on our loved ones or ourselves. We begin to find socialising difficult and get caught in a cycle of never getting anywhere and procrastinating from trying at all.
The other thing people don’t realise is that it is possible to have more than one career. You can be a full time nanny, but also have a thriving career as an author. You could be a zookeeper and also have a career as a vlogger. In this day and age it really isn’t uncommon for people to hold more than one job, and it is something I would highly recommend. If you get bored of one of your jobs at least you know you have the other to look forward to later on.
I think it’s important to talk about this stuff in order to remind people that they don’t have to be stuck in a mind numbing, soul destroying nightmare, they can progress and, even if it takes months or years even, they will feel so much happier when the correct opportunity harnesses their amazing abilities.
But let’s face it, at the end of the day the most we can hope for is finding something that doesn’t provoke this reaction when we leave our cozy beds (Although even the best jobs in the world have their issues):