I am 24 years old. I am almost nearing my quarter life (if I get to live to a hundred). But up until very recently, I did not know what I would really want to be in life. When I was in Pre-School, I wanted to be a doctor. When I was in High School, I was dying to be a Pharmacist. But in University, I worked towards a Communications Degree. I finished it. I worked in a Marketing company, quit. Moved back to Canada. And now my job is within a Medical Field. Then, I watched Suits too much and fell in love with Lawyers so then I wanted to become a Paralegal. I wanted to become Rachel Zane and I wanted to work in Toronto. I always wanted to have a license for what I do, anyways. Then I got to watch this (go ahead click it):
By the way, download the TED app. It is really worth it.
So, my Paralegal dream kind of changed. My reason behind wanting it is too weak. The reason makes sense but I am too focused on the what part of what I want to be and not why I want to become a certain profession. I want to be like Rachel Zane simply because she wears nice clothes, works in a nice building, has her own office, and gets to hang out with all the Lawyers. She is so fabulous! But see, it is all centred on what she is. She is a Paralegal who works in a top Law firm. Sure, it sounds fun and all but why do I want to do it? To help Lawyers? To get close to Lawyers? To become a Lawyer one day? To represent people in court? I am not berating the profession and the possible careers from it. But when I look back, I want to be able to say that I chose the career that I have strong why’s to and not only because I can dress nicely while doing it.
But then, how do I really know how to answer the why’s? I want not only the passion, but also the right reasons on why I do it. Edward shared something he read from the book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie:
If money did not matter and did not count (well hello there Parallel Universe, wish you existed), what do you want to do? Who do you want to become? If money is not an issue, what do you want to do everyday? And then ask yourself again, WHY? Behind every want is a why.
Maybe you want to play music all day. Maybe you want to travel the world. Maybe you want to capture moments using your camera. Maybe you want to talk to people all day.. but why? Maybe you’ll say to share your music. Maybe to experience new culture and learn. Maybe to inspire and make others happy. Maybe you wanted to help others. Whatever reason there is, find it and hold on to it. Work towards your goal. When you are feeling down and when you feel like giving up, remind yourself of your WHY. Then get back on your feet and work again.
I want to share that after much contemplation, I figured it out.
Guys, I want to let you know that I am sure of my future goal now. I am going to pursue a profession that will require a license. Added bonus: It involves dressing up nicely!!! I love it!!! Most importantly, I am sure that it is the one I want because I know I will enjoy it and I can affect change in a manner of giving. I would not be specific yet but I will pray and work hard for it. I will go back to school but I know that it will be one of the best investments I will have.
I envy those who, at an early age, figured out what they want to do (+ the reasons why they want to do it) but it is never too late. Hope is not lost for people like me who’s still figuring it out. No one is ever too old for another goal. Just keep pursuing the things that you set for yourself. But make sure first that it is the goal that you set for yourself and not what others have set for you. Have the reasons on why you do it and never give up!