When you’re young, you’re told that the world is your oyster, that you could be anything you wanted. But as you get older you might start to feel the pressure of that. The possibilities may be endless, but we all know that eventually, you’re going to have to make a decision. But how are you supposed to come to that decision? With the seemingly endless amount of choices around you, not to mention the pressure from all sides, it can seem impossible. It can feel like you’d have just as much luck rolling a die and taking a chance on where it landed! Here are a few pieces of advice to help you take on that age-old question, “what do I do with my life?”
Narrow things down
It might feel like your choices are endless, but all that’s really going to do is make it impossible to make a choice. The best thing you can do is to be brutally honest with yourself. Ask yourself the tough questions. What do enjoy? What are you good at? You might envision yourself as a world-renowned physicist, but you also might loathe mathematics in any form. Of course, that doesn’t need to stop you. You’ve just got to be aware of the choice you’ll be making. By the same token, if you’ve always been an excellent communicator, then think about your eligibility for mass communication courses. It’s just about matching up your skills with what you can see yourself doing. Reflect on the things you really love and then look into what kinds of jobs that might lead you too. It’ll make it much easier to narrow down your list of options.
The worst thing you can do when it comes to making any important decision is to hide your head in the sand. Make sure that you’re meeting these choices head on. The only thing you can do that is utterly useless is to avoid doing anything. If you try and make mistakes, then even that’s better than doing nothing. At least if you try something you can learn from it. Spending your time in front of the TV is just going to make it that much harder to make a decision.
Get used to not being comfortable
This is the hardest, but also probably the most important§1 thing of all. When you’re trying to figure out what to do, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to try a lot of different things. If you really want to know what to do with your life, then you’ve got to be ready to put in some hard work. Nothing worth having comes easy. If you find something that you really want, then don’t expect it to be smooth sailing the entire time. In fact, it can often seem much easier just to get under the covers and pretend it’s not happening. But in the end, the control of your future comes down to you and no one else. You’ve got to be the one to grab your life by the reins and decide where you want to go.