I don’t know about you, but when I was at school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I yo-yoed constantly between ideas.
When I was in primary school I thought I wanted to be a vet (doesn’t everyone?!) and then as I got older I thought I wanted to be a web designer when I took IT as a GCSE and realised I was half-decent at HTML coding (self-confessed computer nerd over here). But even then I couldn’t see myself sat behind a computer coding all day. So I did what every confused teenager does when they have no idea what direction to take their life in. I got a job in sales.
Is it just me, or are most sales people lost souls?
The truth is, I don’t think many people really know what they ‘want to be when they grow up’ at the tender age of 17. I definitely didn’t, but as I start to enter my mid-twenties, I feel like I’m closer to finding myself. Recently I’ve realised that writing is something I enjoy and I’m not too shabby at it either. I’ve been dabbling with blogging since I was 18, but I have always been too much of a procrastinator to progress much further. The fear of failing or being judged by other people terrifies me but if I don’t get over the fear and get on with it, I could end up missing out on a future opportunity to do something I am truly passionate about. This is why I’m taking steps to make a positive change.
As I approach my mid-twenties I feel like it’s now or never.
Your twenties are a great time to start working towards your dreams because you still have so much time and energy to do something about it – but that doesn’t mean put it off for another year. You need time to make mistakes, learn from them and grow into what you want to become. The sooner you start, the younger you might be when you get your breakthrough.
This won’t apply to everyone because, well, life happens. But many people in their twenties will have less commitments than somebody in their thirties or forties. Having children, getting married and buying a house will consume your time and money. Make the most of your freedom.
I’ve done a lot of self discovery in the last couple of years – especially in the last 12 months. I’m noticing things about my personality and the things that inspire me more now than ever. If you’re a few years into your twenties then you might feel the same. Think about that one thing you really want to do and think about where you see yourself in 10 years. The image probably comes into your mind immediately, whereas if you’d have asked yourself that question when you were 18, things would have been different.
Less regrets in the future
It’s sad to hear people when they say they wished they’d followed their dreams. Do you really want to be that person? Life is precious and you only get one go at it. Like many people, I have a huge fear of failing, but I’d much prefer to give something my all and it not work out than to never have tried at all.