I often sit and ponder life, from the really small, to the really quite significant aspects of it. I constantly question the goings on of the world and put my own little world under the microscope too. Asking questions like “Am I doing this all right?” and “Do I really enjoy the things I have in my life right now?”. As a result, I wanted to start a little column / series on Maddie’s Ventures called Realisations. The things that suddenly click in my mind, the answers I give to my persistent questions which just seem to feel right.
So, to begin…
Realisation number one: there is so much time to figure it out
For the last year or so, I’ve been speaking openly on my platform, Mind The Gap Graduates, about how it’s okay to not have everything figured out in our early twenties. The entire time I’ve been saying this, trying to remind myself too, I’ve been panicking that I have no idea if what I’m doing is what I truly want to do and worrying that time is running out and I need to decide right now.
Then it hit me the other day. Probably after seeing my 9,000th “Work makes up a lot of your life so make sure you do something you love”. That yes, work does make up a lot of our lifetime and we will be working for the next forty years or so (shivers), so, hang on, we do have a lot of time to work out what it is we want to do or what we’ll enjoy in a job.
We’re in this big race, to find out what our passions are, to find the perfect job at the perfect company, and become CEO by the time we hit 25. Because after all, the quicker we decide, the further we’ll get in that industry, right? Probably wrong in my opinion, as I *hope* that passion and desire to learn can take you further than staying in a role you dislike.
It’s clear – and I’m basing this on family experiences and people around me – that we can excel in many different professions throughout our life and still have the energy, skills and time to change our mind when we are even sixty or so.
So, for anyone reading this, my first Realisation, is that we have a lot of time to figure things out. Our dream career epiphany could come to us at thirty, fifty or even sixty and we still have time to pursue it. So for now, any job you have or career path you find yourself on will serve you well.