Today’s Topic: Figuring out which direction to take in life
Life isn’t always straightforward and simple. There are times when we have to take a step back and see where our decisions, actions, and consequences of our choices will take us. Sometimes we realize only too late that we’ve chosen the wrong path, or that a pivotal change is needed in order to get our lives on what we consider to be the right track for us. It’s during these moments that we have to assess what’s really important to us to figure out where to go from there.
My life hasn’t always been so straightforward. The direction I wanted to take since I was four years old was to do everything necessary to grow up and become a veterinarian. I held onto that steadfast direction despite finding out I had a love of writing that blossomed during my school days. I held onto that ironclad direction when I chose which college to attend and what degree to study. I held onto that seemingly permanent direction for three and a half years of working towards the necessary degree that would get me into the proper grad school to complete my goal of becoming a veterinarian.
And then I decided to change the direction of my life.
It wasn’t easy. I fought a lot with myself, struggled internal, and had massive doubts about ‘wasted time’. I had put so much of my time, energy, and resources into my schooling that I felt like I had lost myself. Well, maybe lost is a bit harsh. I felt like I had glossed over the fact that people can grow and change – sometimes even drastically – throughout their early lives, and that a goal and direction I set for myself at four years old didn’t need to govern my adult life. If what I was doing in that moment wasn’t making me happy or didn’t make me feel fulfilled, then continuing with such a direction would lead me to a disastrously unhappy life.
I took the leap and changed directions nearly two decades after creating my original direction in life. I decided to change my degree, move abroad, and start a different life than I one I had destined myself to live out. For a while there my direction in life looked like it was marked on a poorly drawn map that my younger self tried to draw – spoiler, I’m horrible at geography – but I didn’t let that deter me from trying my best at moving forward with my life.
My direction wasn’t always a straight line, and even now course corrections still have to be made. Despite numerous setbacks and self-doubts, I feel like I’m at a wonderful stage of life where my direction is clear and unobstructed. I want to create content that can be enjoyed by anyone around the world, and will continue doing my best to provide my work to everyone in hopes that people will enjoy it. Unless something drastic happens yet again to change my direction in life (which is fine by me, since life is full of change and deviations), I’m content with how I’m proceeding on the path I’ve chosen in life.
Hopefully others can self-reflect on their own choices and do the same.
Although it can be a difficult and sometimes daunting task, setting yourself in a particular direction for what you want to achieve in life is important and necessary. However, it’s important to remember that such direction can change at any given time, and that having to do so does not always reflect failure on a person. Don’t be afraid to change your direction if the outcome will yield positive results. While having a clear direction is vital to growth and advancement, it doesn’t have to be set in stone.