My generation has been described as a “Peter Pan generation,” “adultescents,” “kidults” and a host of others to describe how we are putting off the transition into adulthood later than previous generations; generally taking longer to finish university, get married, move out, start a family and to enter the work force.
If you asked me when I was ten, I probably would have told you that I would be expecting my second child by now. But hey, times have changed, and so have we.
I think that many in my generation have seen our parents stuck doing the same job they were not necessarily happy with for way too long. It’s incredible how our careers play such an integral part of our lives as we tend to associate so much of our existence with them. Ask somebody to tell you about themselves, and the majority will probably respond by first telling you what they do for a living.
If it is a fact that we spend most of our waking hours each day working, why not spend that time doing something we enjoy doing and are truly passionate about?
I think my generation is realizing this and the importance of making a career choice that suits our skill set while at the same time matches our personality, values, and passions as well.
We have been told our whole life that anything is possible. Well, our parents did a great job, because now we actually believe it! Coupled by living in an ever shrinking world with endless possibility, and the vast amount of choices can quickly become overwhelming.
I am positive I am not the only one kept up at night, thinking, ‘Wow, what am I going to do with my life?’ Here we are, our entire life sits before us. What path will we choose? Where will we end up?
I am scared, yet extremely excited and confident at the same time!
It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there with an uncertain future ahead and I am sure we all know the associated feeling very well; whether it resulted from a career decision, a relationship, moving out of the house, taking that trip around the world or any other situation which required you to step out of your comfort zone.
It is a leap many are not willing to take and so end up choosing to settle into comfortable, secure positions, that they may or may not be happy with. Yet, it is in these situations of uncertainty that we grow and learn the most about ourselves. And hey, if it doesn’t work out as planned, life will often times give us a second chance.
And so here we go, I am taking a leap. Follow along with me on my journey and we will find out where it leads!
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