We all had that assignment in school where we were asked to write about what we wanted to be when we grew up. Do you remember what you wrote? How does it compare with your life now? And, more importantly, do you think you’ve actually figured out what you want to be when you grow up or are you still searching for the answer?
My teenage daughter is starting to think through the “what do I want to be” stuff right now. She feels like she knows where she wants to go to college and what she wants to do with her life. She’s laser-focused on it and has been for a while. But then, she had this moment where she started to freak out wondering if that’s what she really wants or if she’s only going down that path because it’s what she always said she’d do. She’s locked into the idea that she HAS to know what she wants to do when she goes off to college. I bet you experienced similar feelings at her age.
But here’s the thing. You might change your mind. You might change your major. You might change your career path. You might decide what you thought you wanted to do isn’t actually what you truly want to do now that you’ve tried it. And you know what? That’s okay. That’s okay because every decision can be changed. You’re are NEVER locked into any one thing.
Choosing your college major, choosing your college, choosing your career – any of that. It can all be changed at any time. My path to joy and fulfillment came from trying different things – a lot of different things. I started as an accounting major! Then I went to early childhood education and ten years of teaching. I LOVED teaching, but it wasn’t my purpose. Now, I’m in business. I still use some of those same teaching skills but in a whole new way.
And even in business, I’ve changed and shifted my approach because of something I’ve learned. Not just once or twice. I open to it any time it makes sense. Why? Because EVERY DECISION CAN BE CHANGED. And that’s a good thing because it’s the FREEDOM to learn and grow, to discover our true passion.
NOTHING is final – and shouldn’t be. Not for you or me, and especially not for our kids going to college. It doesn’t matter if you still haven’t figured out what you want to be. Follow what it is TODAY. And if it changes tomorrow, that’s fine – follow that! As you keep following those tugs, you put the pieces of the puzzle together and create the whole picture of your life. How much fun is that!