There’s this tendency of some people in my life to constantly say they don’t know what I’m doing or my interests are all over this place.
I do not disagree. I always thought I was so weird because I feel like I could be happy doing so many things. I’ve considered countless careers. In 2008, I went to Coastal Carolina and wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t hate it. I could enjoy a life as a teacher. But I want more. I almost applied to law school. I would love to be a lawyer. I think I would excel there. I also think the US is producing more lawyers than they have jobs for so it did not fiscally make sense to take out loans for a field that is shrinking and has a surplus of qualified applicants. I have considered pursing a career in politics. I have been in marketing. I think the two go to together well. I did great in marketing. I love writing so I have an MA in Journalism.
My interests are varied but I think they are all in a relatable field. The skill set required for each is similar. To excel in any of these areas you must be motivated, educated, an effective communicator, quick on your feet, etc. I could make an endless list of the similarities.
The thing that struck me most was the commentary on which people feel they are entitled to have. Then tonight, I saw this quote from the Female Entrepreneur Association.
This could not be more true. I am under no obligation to explain my process. My options are open. I’m not closed off to anything. My career can go numerous ways. I haven’t pigeonholed myself into one category.
I also found this article from Psychologytoday.com. Basically, this piece is about when you have too many options. When someone has a lot of potential to succeed in multiple areas, they have the tendency to sort of try them all. Find the one that fits them the best. Often times, people who have too many choices reach a point where they are dissatisfied because they did not try all the roads before them. I never want to get to a point in my life where I am questioning. I want to know with absolute certainty that I made the right choice career wise. I need to test the waters of all my options so I know without a doubt I have made the best choice.
Finally, I think it’s just none of anyone else’s business to comment on how I’m navigating life. I think that’s between my husband and I alone. If he’s okay with the choices I make and I’m okay with his, I think that’s really all that matters. He’s the one who has to live with me and whatever decisions I make as they impact our future.
So for everyone out there taking a less traveled road, I say good for you. You’re the only one who has to live with the choices at the end of the day so do whatever is best for you. Do whatever will make your life fulfilled and meaningful, whatever that may be.