I’m 23 years old, preparing to enter my sixth and final year of college. I’ve collected a good amount of debt, a bad credit score, a lot of mistakes and I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.
There it is, folks. Take it in. You’re reading it right. All this time that I’ve spent studying and I still don’t know what I plan to do with my very expensive paper that I will be paying for, for the next 50 years. (Don’t get me started on the American education system)
This thought use to scare me. Before I understood what actually made me happy. That’s what’s funny about life. We spend all this time trying to do this one thing that will lead us to this other thing that is suppose to make us happy; instead of spending time trying to find out what actually makes us happy. Here’s the harsh truth. Stop fucking around. Stop relying on other people to tell you what’s going to make you happy. You’re the only person that can figure that out for yourself.
How did I find what makes me happy, you ask? I’ve tried everything. Literally. Changed my major 4 times. (Hence the six years of college) Im not advising you to change your major, no not all. But explore, go on an adventure you’re convinced you will hate. Try a dish you think looks funny. Wear a shirt that isn’t your favorite color. You don’t have to necessarily do anything radical, but do something that’s out of your comfort zone. Here’s the thing, guys. You’re “comfort zone” isn’t always necessarily a comfortable place to be, it’s just where you’ve been, so it’s what you’re use to, what you know. I’m here to tell you, move your butt. You’re limiting yourself.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still learning about both the world and myself–this is a thing I plan to do for the rest of my life. But as for now, here is what I’ve learned thus far:
- Every road leads to another, so if you get a little lost, take a detour.
- The more you talk, the less you hear. The less you hear, the less you learn.
- People will surprise you. Never underestimate anyone.
- Sometimes not having a plan, is the best plan.
- You’re wrong, way more than you think you are.
- There is always someone better, stronger, faster and smarter than you. There is also always someone slower, fatter and lazier, than you–don’t be too full of yourself, don’t be too harsh on yourself.
- 4 hours is not considered (medically at least) as a full nights rest.
- Love can be found everywhere, you just have to opened to it.
- Respect for others and yourself goes a long way.
I may not have found myself on a path to success as far as my future career goes, but I have found priceless lessons. Lessons that I plan on letting lead me to my next destination.