I wasn’t really excited on my 25th birthday. For me, 25 has always been the age when I had to become really take life seriously. I can’t help but regret all of the opportunities I missed when I could have started hitting my goals. Being 25 means that I’m only 5 years away from 30, yet I still have a lot of things I want to do. I used to hate procrastinating when I was in school; but now, here I am, cramming my goals before I finally settle.
I made a lot of mistakes in my early 20s and I felt unfulfilled in terms of my career because I didn’t have the luxury of following my passion. I already knew that there was a problem with me. Why couldn’t I pursue a career that I wanted? Also, what would I even pursue if I’m still confused about the many things I want to do? I want to teach, write, start multiple businesses, and join the theater. How can I pick among these passions?
Going through many different jobs and being unemployed in-between helped me get to know myself more and made me wiser. It made me reconnect with my inner soul and question my goals without anyone’s judgment. During this process, I figured out two things:
One: I am as lost as the many other 20-somethings out there; and two: I want to pursue more than just one career simply because I have lots of things that I love to do. It may seem too ideal with time being a limited resource, but it is certainly achievable. I also believe that pursuing more than one career is practical since it means having more means of living and thus more financial independence. When things go wrong with your day job, your sideline can be the fallback that helps you survive.
Is it selfish to have a lot of careers to want to pursue? No. Your satisfaction is internal and cannot be dictated by society. Your dreams are yours, so own them. This is your life, and you are the one to design it, no matter how weird it may seem. You can be a teacher and a fashion designer, or an engineer and a poet.
I learned that the delays I encountered were phases for me to slow down and get to know myself first. I know that change takes time, and getting lost is sometimes needed to realize those goals.
I don’t have everything figured out yet, but I already know what I want to do before I retire. I live day by day with the blissful thought that this will all be worth it someday. Always remember that you can combine multiple passions into one vision: to be happy.