I keep seeing posts floating around Facebook about how everyone has their own timeline, walks their own path, and it’s just really been speaking to me to the point that I wanted to take my own crack at it.
If you would have told me that at 22 years old I would be married, graduated, living in Omaha, with a dog, and a hubby from Iowa I would have literally laughed in your face.
You see, if my plan would have worked out here’s where I would be most likely. Definitely not married. I would still be in school, and finishing up my last year as a education major student teaching. I would be planning to move back to Grand Island to teach, and probably would not currently owning my dog (which is think would be the saddest part).
Life never goes as it’s planned. As the Thomas Rhett song goes “You’re making plans and you hear God laughin.”
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a line more true.
I can bet that when I'm 30, and I tell people what I thought I would be doing by age 30, I will be completely wrong again. So let me say it loud for the people in the back...
IT’S OKAY NOT TO HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT.
I think that your whole life is the perfect opportunity to discover new things that we are good at and new things that we love. We don’t have to know what we want to do when we are 18, or 28, or even 38, because I guarantee that what we have planned in the first place, probably won't happen exactly the way we want.
So at 22, yes I do have a job, BUT I’m also trying to get into podcasting, I’m freelancing a social media account, and possibly being a videographer for a wedding because who knows I may just fall in love with it.
Life gets boring when you think you know what you want and who you are. If you don’t give life the opportunity to challenge and change you then nothing will ever change. Do you know why?
Nothing changes, if nothing changes.
I think that pretending to have this whole thing figured out all the time, means you give up so much of your potential to something because your scared, and trust me I’m in the same boat with you.
I get scared every time I click publish on one of these blogs. I’m scared the podcast I want to do will totally flop. I’m terrified the campaign I’m running won’t be good enough, and that I’ve never run a professional camera in my life.
But I’m trying anyways, because at 22, I still have no idea where I want to end up.
We all get hung up on two very different ideas.
The first idea is that it’s too late. That we’ve wasted too much time doing something else, so to change it now would be pointless. Vera Wang wasn’t world renowned until she was 40. Julia Child started at 51. Steve Jobs was 30. To say it’s too late basically is just an excuse to give up.
And again, I am with you in this club.
The other excuse is that you have time to do it later! I’m sorry but if you are saying both of these things to yourself then you are a walking contradiction. Yes there is always more time, but if it’s something you love why wait? Well actually, I know why. It’s scary. It’s hard to come up with something new and exciting. It’s hard to believe in yourself, but it’s always worth it.
If you have something to say, then say it and get people to listen to you.
So no matter where you are in life, know that knowing exactly what you want to do is okay and all the power to you. Go out there and achieve the goals you have for yourself, but my advice to that person is to let go of some control when they don’t work out exactly as planned.
And to the person who has no idea what they want to do next, that’s okay too. Just believe in yourself and that everything will work out okay.
Let’s just all pretend we are feeling 22.
Tell me what you've been too afraid to try?
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