What bothers me is how society has pigeonholed people into thinking that we must work our whole lives toward a career, profession, whatever you want to call it.
When people ask me what career I’m thinking of pursuing, I have to fight back the urge to reply,
Oh. Well, let’s see, I want to be a journalist. And a photographer. I want to be a graphic designer, too. I’d also like to be an agent for a modeling firm. And well, actually, you know what—I want to be a thinker. And a traveler. Ooh boy I’m almost running out of fingers to count on.
Young people (that means us, I guess) are pressured into deciding on—choosing—a career. And grown-ups treat this choose-your-career thing as if it were something as simple as filling out your name on a form.
I probably don’t make much sense right now.
Parents and school officials; society in general; essentially making us to decide on a career right up front is just…I can’t even say. I think it’s horrible. It’s like being forced to marry someone when you’re not ready or something.
What I’m trying to say is that I don’t believe that people should feel/be forced or pressured into making a career decision. It should come to them. It will come to them when it is meant to be.
I think it’s fine if you don’t know what you want to “be” or what career you want to pursue if you’re in college. I think it’s fine if you’re twenty-something and still don’t know what you want to “be” or what career you want to pursue. I think it’s fine if you don’t know what career you want to pursue at any point in your life—as long as you know what you love and what is important to you.
I think societal expectations have made young people think that they have to have a concrete thing; like a career; to be normal, successful, stable and whatever. But the way I see it is that I think what’s important is not necessarily to have a career—but to be able to do what you love. Because doing what you love is going to bring results. I think that’s what’s going to really make a difference.
Just because you don’t know what you want to be or what career you want to pursue doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world or whatever. Just realize what you love and work toward that. If you love, I don’t know—the environment and want to protect it, do something about that.
It’s not the/a* career that makes you or your life; it’s what you love and what you do about that.
Do you, do what you love, do what’s important to you. Fuck the rest. In the end, it’s your life. You can decide what you want to make it to be—really.
*and I also do believe that people shouldn’t think that they can only be one thing or pursue one thing. Why limit yourself?