Why It’s OK To Be Twenty-Something And Still Not Know What To Do With Your Life

 

 

There comes a moment in our life when we start questioning ourselves and the direction towards which our choices are taking us. It usually coincides with a loss of confidence and a deep feeling of instability. Most of the people I know have been through this. And those who haven’t, well consider yourself to be some lucky gals.

The first semester of my last year of University was definitely one I will always remember. Why? Simply because I was 21 and I was going through the phase I described right above. I felt lost, my degree was about to finish and I was unsure that I wanted to turn that field of study into a lifelong career. My parents couldn’t really do much, apart from trying to reassure me and telling me that eventually everything will work out. As a stubborn Taurus, I didn’t believe their words. I went into a mild depression, I started to go out less and less and I basically spent my days self-pitying.

It was right when I reached rock bottom that I finally understood what my parents truly meant. It is okay to feel unsure about what career to pursue. It would actually be quite worrying if we never questioned our choices. And after all, the career decision is probably one of the biggest decisions we will ever make, so it’s fine to think twice about it.

Some people are lucky enough to land their dream job shortly after graduation (if not before!) and already know where the path they are following is going to take them. But if you are not one of those lucky gals then let me tell you something I wish I told myself a few months ago: IT IS OKAY. As long as you don’t lose motivation and you keep working hard on your passions and interests, one day (which I am sure is pretty close) you will finally realize how you want to spend the rest of your working life.

Don’t let society pressure you too much. I believe that in order to decide what career to pursue you first need to know who you truly are. Therefore, take a gap year and travel the world, if you think that a break from all the city mess is what you need. Or find a job, which might be completely different from what you studied, so you discover skills you never thought you never had. But most importantly of all, don’t lose motivation and hope and keep a positive attitude.

As John Lennon said: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

 

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