Why It's Okay To Not Know

Ever since I can remember, even as a little girl, when someone asked me ‘what to you want to be when you grow up?’ I never had an answer.Some kids would say a doctor, a firefighter, or a princess, and sure I would give any answer off the top of my head just to have an answer, but I never truly knew. And then people started asking that question again, but more seriously when I was in high school. ‘What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to study in college?’ And I still didn’t have an answer. They would laugh and reassure me by saying ‘don’t worry, you still have time’. But here I am in my sophomore year of college, and I am still not too sure.

Yes, I’ve found two subjects I love; psychology and public relations. My classes are genuinely interesting and the subjects come easy to me (for the most part), yet I still don’t know what to do when I finish college.

Some days I see myself as a therapist. Going to medical school for psychology and eventually working in a clinic or private practice as a psychologist maybe even a child psychologist. But other days I see myself in a high-rise city office, working as a public relations executive, and doing fast paced work representing a celebrity or a really cool company. But what if I go through all of this and end up not liking it? What if I find myself stuck in a job I don’t care for, and I realize all the money and energy put towards my degree was a waste?

But one thing I’ve discovered is that life takes you where you need to be. You may not know where that is yet, and that’s okay, because if you work hard and have an open mind then you will find the place you have always been looking for. If you go after opportunities and never ever give up trying to find that perfect place, then life will reward you in ways you never knew were possible.

My mom wanted to be an artist when she was little, she would draw and paint and even designed a floor plan for her future house. Then she decided to study political science in college because she loved writing. Which soon turned into going to law school since she liked putting evidence and facts behind her arguments. Now she does asset management for a big investment company, gets to work from home to be with her kids, but still sometimes travels to New York City on occasion (and lets my friends and I tag along sometimes). Most importantly she absolutely loves her job and has found an absolutely perfect place to work after years of searching.

So this is for anyone out there worried about not knowing what to do with your life or not able to give an answer to that golden question of ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’. Whether you’re a sophomore in high school or a sophomore in college; even if you don’t know what you want to do right now, it’s okay because if you try hard enough and want it bad enough, you WILL find your perfect place.

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