If you asked me a decade ago what I wanted to be when I grew up I might have said something cute like, “duh— an ice-cream inventor Broadway performer” because, duh, who wouldn’t want to invent new ice-cream flavors for Ben and Jerry by day and then jump around stage for an applauding audience by night? Unless of course you’re a robot!
Needless to say, my wild ambitions dwindled away at two grand realizations later on in life. The first, diabetes runs in my family. Second, I’m rhythmically challenged, i.e. I don’t have a single musical bone in my body, i.e. allowing me on the dance floor is a fire hazard. So my childhood dreams stayed at that; dreams.
During high school, I spent plenty of class time doodling and daydreaming about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I struggled to single out one passion to invest in because I was interested in several things and I felt like once I chose a career path, it’d be set in stone. There’d be no going back. So I wanted to make sure that whatever I chose to pursue was the right one, like a soul mate.
As graduation neared, I found myself panicking. I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after high school. And I was too embarrassed to admit to my friends who had already been accepted to universities or were diving straight for the job force, that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I knew what I liked: art, poetry, comedy, etc. but I couldn’t decide on anything.
Hence, I swallowed my pride and confided in a few mentors who, luckily, had once gone through the same dilemma. After which I learned that there was no shame in taking my time to decide what road I wanted to travel. I was encouraged to explore different career options through internships, volunteer work, and part-time jobs until I found something that felt natural. Also, I decided to enroll in community college until I figured out what I wanted to concentrate on in university.
And as happy endings go, I have since decided that I want to be a professional writer and poet. The moral of the story being, don’t get so worked up about choosing a career. Take your time and soon enough, you’ll know exactly what it is that you’re meant to do!