You’ve made it, you’re finally out of the dreaded teenage years where all you wanted to do was become an adult – what’s that? You want to go back?
That’s right folks, all those years of being a spotty, awkward teenager clinging onto hope that the grass is greener on the other side to learn that perhaps the previous shade of green might be better suited. Mind you, you’ve had your whole ridiculously small 20 years of life being told that you’ll regret wishing you were an adult. (Who’d have thought, parents were right?)
But c’est la vie, we’re here now. Whatever decisions you’ve made; good or bad, it’s time to move on. We’re collectively in a frame of mind where we have no idea what to do with our lives. We’re freaking out, major decisions need to be made now!
1) “I need to start my career – NOW!”
No, you don’t. Yes you may not be getting paid as much as your friends/family right now but if you’re unsure of what to do in life then take your time. On average you’ve probably only used about a quarter of your life yet! Personally, I recommend travelling if you can afford it (New Zealand in particular is beautiful!) whilst considering your options – who knows, you may find a preferred career elsewhere in the world!
2) “Everyone’s having babies/getting married. I need to find someone quickly!”
No, you don’t. This is yet another ‘major’ decision that’s ‘needed’ whilst in your twenties. You need to hurry up and find a significant other as soon as possible, or you’ll end up alone! Don’t believe a word of it, some people are happier for the time being without trying to balance their own lives with someone else.
3) “I don’t know what I want to do though, I have no skills. I should’ve gone to University”
This one can be argued either way. I’m 23 and didn’t graduate from University yet I’m still actively learning in my own time every day about topics that interest me. I’d say the best thing to do in this situation is take into consideration all of those hobbies you’ve had/still have. Is there any relation to these that could involve a career?
Most importantly though, if there’s one thing you can learn from speaking to older generations is that you’re never sure when it comes to your own life.
The best option is always do what makes you happy.