I’m 23, newly graduated and despite years of study and work experience, I’m still not sure what I want to do in life. Sound familiar? Well don’t worry, we’re not alone. In fact, I pretty much guarantee that the majority of people our age are in the same boat.
I’ve been feeling quite stressed lately because I’ve been letting the whole ‘what am I doing in life’ question get to me. I mean, shouldn’t we all know by now? Shouldn’t I be on the path to my dream career and making mega bucks? Well the reality is that life is just not that easy most of the time!
I studied languages at university and I can definitely say that I gained a lot of amazing experiences from it (most notably having the opportunity to live in France and Italy for a year). However, I came out of education still so far from knowing what I really want to do. I was very lucky to find a full time job only a month after my final exams, and I’ve been enjoying my new role for the past few months now. Nevertheless, despite all of this I still worry about ‘where I’m going’ and ‘what will I do next’. Working full time is – dare I say it – hard work (I was used to being a student, ya know), and trying to find new activities and hobbies to fill my evenings is hard sometimes – especially when I just want to veg out on the sofa!
However, this week I have decided to turn over a new leaf. I’ve decided that there’s no point in worrying about these things and that sooner or later I will figure out my career path and I will find something I really want to do. For now, I am gaining amazing experience in a sales-based role (using my languages which I’m really happy about) and I am trying to fill my spare time with other exciting new opportunities – for example writing this blog, training hard at the gym, looking after my health and nutrition, and taking up some volunteering.
The point of this blog post is to help and inspire any of you who feel the same way – I want to let you know that it’s OK not to know what you want right now. We’re all in this together – we’re all going through a bit of a quarter-life crisis and maybe that’s OK. As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger eh?
What do you guys do in your spare time when you’re not working?