I'll start by saying, I am extremely grateful for all of the love and support I’ve received this week for my website. The response has been the perfect motivator to keep this up. Now, to today's post.
I want to use this post to encourage anyone who is reading, to create opportunities when they can’t seem to find their niche. One of the hardest questions for me to answer is, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. As of late, I’ve resorted to answering “happy” or “fulfilled”, both of which are poetically BS’ed ways of saying “I have no idea”. The stress is that at 23 and almost done with grad school, most people, including myself, would assume that I should have some more things figured out.
Here’s the thing. The question is hard for me to answer because it is hard for me to believe that there is one job, occupation, or career path that would completely encompass my skills, passions, and interests. Until recently, that revelation meant that I subject myself to a life of trying out a bunch of jobs, with the hope that once I got “the feeling”, I would be fulfilled forever. If that works for someone, power to you, but the occupational wanderer route is not for me or my bank account.
What I have decided for myself is that if I can’t find the perfect career path, then I will create my own. I am not saying go crazy and quit everything without a plan of what’s next. What I am saying is, if you’re not happy with where you’re at, don’t depend on something else that isn’t tailored to fit you perfectly. Call me entitled, call me a spoiled millennial; I have no interest in aligning myself long-term with anything that requires me to morph to fit what my job requires. I believe that the perfect job for me should naturally mesh with my personality.
I believe this website can and will open doors for me. Doors that interning, working and contacting “pivotal figures” in my areas of interest have yet to open. It is a reflection of me, which made it even more gratifying when it was well received.
So my point in all of this is to encourage those of you, who like myself, can’t seem to find the "right fit" to put themselves out there. Create the opportunity you’re looking for. Be entrepreneurial. If you have an idea, try it out (unless it’s illegal. But eh, live your life... actually scratch that. Re-draft and think of something else), even if it doesn't work. [Caution cheesy line ahead] You are unique, and that simple fact should be all the incentive you need to create something great [Ok I’m back].
I promise every post won’t be this feeling heavy, but I really do think it’s important for people, especially all of us who don’t have a clue of what’s next, to not feel as if our life’s purpose is to fit in or mesh well with what’s currently available. Also, that, and many other sentences in this post were run-ons. But this is my blog and I like it.
Thanks for reading.