I'm A Senior In College And I Don't Know What I Am Doing

I do not know what I am doing with my life, and I am okay with that. Besides isn’t that what your early twenties are for? I am a firm believer that life never truly gets figured out anyways, so why do we dull it down with the stress of planning it all out? I am only 21 years old and I don’t know how I am expected to know everything that is offered in this world and just pick one. But the same time, I feel the pressures of having a plan and direction. When I tell you that I do not know what I am doing, that answer should be completely acceptable because that is the answer that has the most opportunity.

Let go of all the realities and fear that you need to know exactly what you are doing to be successful. By all means having a plan is awesome, and I am so happy for those of you that have your life together. I’m lucky if I remember where I put my car keys down in the morning. Stressing over where you are going to be in the next five years takes away from the present moment. You can have it all figured out and a random obstacle is going to come out of nowhere and throw you off course, but that’s life. There's no sense in worrying over everything you cannot control. Relax.

Stop comparing yourself to everyone else around you; the life of the person sitting next to you in class with their planner full is probably not much different than yours. We’re all running clueless together. Those mental breakdowns you have every other night wondering if you can pull through this expensive game of college, embrace those and let it out because tomorrow's a new day and you just needed that contrast to get yourself back on track.

There is no such thing as a “wrong” path. Every single journey has led you to exactly the place you need to be with all the right lessons you needed to learn for growth. Who cares if you do not have an internship set up for the summer or if that dream job is not already lined up for you after graduation? That just means you have more room for possibility. You do not have to know what you are doing; all the best things are made up as we go along anyways. These years are meant for failure, they're meant for pizza stains on laundry and last minute papers. They aren’t meant for planners filled with overwhelming plans to get your life together; besides, the job is never done. So just relax, it is okay to say you don’t know what you are doing--that is when all the best things happen. Use this time to explore every single avenue this world has to offer. Learn what you love, and chase it.

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