We witness generations before we accomplish many things. They got married and started families when they were in their 20s, purchased a home, had a secure full-time job with a pension and benefits. They retire wealthy, travel, and spoil their grandchildren. Nowadays, that is rarely the case. Everything costs more. Career switches happen more frequently, marriage and starting families are delayed, crushing student loan debt forces many to rent and have everything on credit.
One day as a 22-year-old college senior, I sat in one of my classes looking around the room at my classmates. My Kinesiology degree was almost complete. There was a woman in her 30’s pregnant, finishing her degree as well. She was a nice person, but I felt sorry for her. In my judgmental way, I hoped I would not be like her, being in my 30’s and school. If I could tell my 22-year-old self something, it would be this tweet:
Fast forward 23 years, and I am 44 years old, starting a career as a Marketing Manager for a broker at a real estate office. And this happened because I was the only other employee to fill that position. I have little experience and feel lost.
I feel like a dreamer most of the time, where I dream of a day where I can be my authentic self and do something I love while getting paid for it. But things get in the way and time flies by. I still don’t know what I want.
I forget that I have accomplished many things, worked in different jobs, and gained experiences. But, unfortunately, it just doesn’t look “sexy” enough for the world to envy.
Some are lucky to know what they want to do from an early age, but most do not, and that is okay. You don’t have to have the answer. Instead, try, take a chance, dream about what is possible.
The truth is most of us are still trying to figure it out, and that is okay.