We are all asked this question at least once, if not a million times in our lives. Often it’s the thought that chases us when deciding on a college major. It's something that a six year old will answer with conviction. “I’m going to be a firefighter” “I’m going to be a teacher” “I’m going to be
doctor” "I'm going to be a superhero" yet, ask an 18 year old college freshman and their cheeks go white and their eyes grow wide.
The summer before my freshman year of college at the University of Illinois at Chicago I was lucky enough to have a professor of a summer course enlighten us incoming freshman. He told us we, in fact, did NOT have to know what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives. He encouraged those students who had an idea of what they wanted to challenge themselves and he gave hope and relief to those who were unsure. To this day I remember the feeling of overwhelming joy I felt at being told I didn’t have to know what I wanted for my whole life in that moment. Yes of course sometimes during college a major must be chosen, a path should be set upon. This still does not mean the next 70 years of life are all planned out.
Every present act should not be for only future success or only future happiness. The most important question you can ask yourself is not “What will I be when I grow up?” but it should be “What do I want right now?” Right now
in this given moment what would make you happy. If the answer to this question doesn’t involve hurting yourself or any others, then do us both a favor and in the words of Shia Labeouf “DO IT!” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuHfVn_cfHU) Do what makes you happy!
Don’t know what that is? That’s OKAY. Discovering what you are passionate about is much easier once you free your mind of the idea that what you are passionate about right now has to be what you are passionate about for the rest of your life. That is not the case. We are constantly changing, enjoying new things, developing new tastes, seeing the world through a different filter. It’s perfectly acceptable to challenge yourself, encourage yourself, and try new things to discover what it is you enjoy.
You’d be surprised what hidden passions you can find when you give yourself a chance. What starts as a hobby can often lead to so much more. My passion for makeup, beauty, and lifestyle has gifted me the job title of YouTube Beauty Blogger and through connecting with my followers I have found a love for
social media and am proud to call myself a Social Media Analyst and Web Designer.
It will be hard work, it will take perseverance, and you will struggle. At the end of the day isn’t it so much more rewarding to work toward something you truly love than to work toward something else someone else loves?
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“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” —Farrah Gray