College: How To Cope When You Don’t Know What You Want

Long time, no chat. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been extremely MIA. My blogging has come to a major sudden halt. You could say that life has crept up on me, as has reality.

What I wish to discuss today is the future, the fears of those who may not know what they want to do, and how to take a positive outlook on your life. I used to fret the unknown, fear what was ahead of me, but a wise owl once told me to embrace these years, that they’re thrilling, endearing, and yes scary, but that in this time space, the world is well and truly our oyster.

Since finishing University, I’ve struggled massively with not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. It was always a baring question at family events. “So what are you doing with yourself now?” If I wasn’t passing my time through retail to earn extra cash, or working in marketing firms to gain a bit of insight into what I enjoyed, I had a camera in hand, and was freelancing. You could say that’s my momentary career. But is it forever? I can’t answer that, because no one knows what the future holds.

You could say that I’ve been hit with a real dose of reality since starting freelancing. It’s not as easy when out on your own, but I’ve been lucky to say the least! However, I cannot say that it’s my forever role. I don’t feel it in my core, but until I meet a true match, I’m more than happy creating photo content, as it’s certainly a growing passion and has always been a fond hobby. The truth is, no one knows what they really want. Yeah we do college courses to give ourselves a bit of superiority, to better our skill sets. But does a college degree necessarily give us the option to fulfil a career without a doubt? Well some of you may agree on that, but I don’t. Some of the greatest successors have built their careers on knowledge, innovation and initiative. Take Mark Zuckerberg for example. He dropped out of Harvard University during his sophomore year and is now the leading founder of our biggest outlet of communication, Facebook. There are SO many other successors out there who didn’t reach University level, but are worth billions. Evan Williams, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, the list goes on! We’re told to go to school and reach goals to get into college, so much pressure is put in front of us at such a young age. And even now, at the age of 24, I’m still clueless. I have wild dreams and ambitions, I even have skills which I can pursue into a career if I’d like. Having said that, it’s difficult to choose just one passion until you know exactly what you love the most.

When I was 17, I wish someone had set me on the straight and narrow and told me the truth about college. That it’s not all fun and games. That you won’t necessarily love your course. That you don’t just land a job straight after you finish. No. There’s so much more to it. There’s Masters Degrees, there’s internships, there’s even scholarships. There’s working hard in a job you despise, only to gain experience for one you’ll love. There’s rubbish pay that’ll help you scrape by, just so you can pay rent. But at the end of the day, each of these pathways will lead you on to the next. Life is a continuous journey, like a ridiculous rollercoaster that just keeps spinning round and round.

For anyone that’s feeling any sense of self doubt, or perhaps feeling a little lost about their future career paths, please know that you’re not the only one! Some of the greatest successors have suffered greatly to get where they are today. Steve Jobs did not wake up one morning surrounded by Apple iPods and iPhones. He worked extremely hard to establish a networking device, which to his disbelief would turn out to be one of the largest selling networking devices to date. Another amazing entrepreneur is Suzanne Jackson, founder of Sosueme. She struggled for years to get where she is today, but with hard work and continuous passion, she got there!

Life is a continuous rollercoaster, so never feel that you are alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people your age on that exact same rollercoaster. And until we find our sole purpose for life, we will continue to ride on. Be positive, good things come to those who wait!