I held up 6 fingers and thought it was too far away. My dad had just asked on the car ride to drop me off to my first class of 6th grade if I knew what I wanted to be. I still had 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to think about it before I got to college.
It's still one of the most vivid images I have to this day. I looked down at my 6 fingers and thought by then I would have it all figured out, and probably be in college, studying something and being sure of what career I wanted to pursue. But here I am. The ending of my sophomore year at UCLA, and I'm still figuring things out.
When I was a senior I thought I'd have it all figured out by the time I got to college. During my freshmen year of college still undeclared and exploring my options - I thought I'd have it all figured out by my sophomore year.
And so it continues. The good news is I know I want to double major in Communications and Political Science so that was step one but now the whole career thing is on the table again.
I realized we all fall into this trap of "I'll have it all figured out by x time." And most of the time we come to find we were wrong. I was talking to some friends the other night and came to realize that I don't think we'll ever have it all figured out. It's life and things happen and there's always a "next step". I know I will figure out what career I want to do and I'll pursue it but I'm sure after that more choices will come and I'll be having to figure out other things.
Maybe for too long, I've been waiting for the day I figure things out that I haven't been living for now.
So, I just want to encourage you to take it easy. Yes, work hard, get that degree, go to school, pursue your career but if you don't have it all figure it out right now that's okay. Enjoy life and trust me, one day you'll look back to the choices you have made and think, why was I that worried?