How many times have you told yourself that you’ll be productive and learn a new skill, only to invest lots of money into something and ultimately forget about it? What did you tell your parents and your teacher when you were young and they asked what you wanted to be in the future? Did you say a firefighter? An astronaut? Or perhaps you said you aren’t sure.
Not everyone grows up with aspirations, and that’s perfectly fine—it’s common. Even now, some of the most interesting people you’ll meet are those that switch careers every year, the people who have hobbies that come and go, and those with skills in all sorts of fields.
Don’t lock yourself into a path
Far too many people use their monetary and time investment as a way to dedicate themselves to something. For instance, if you spend thousands on a grand piano and renovate a room to be soundproof so you can play it in peace, then you’ll force yourself to play that piano every single day. For some people, it works and they go on to become renowned pianists. Most people would just forget about it but still occasionally play it because they spent so much money on it. Others would completely give up and before long, another instrument or piece of equipment will replace the piano.
Saying that you’re convinced you want to become something will essentially lock you down that path. The more you tell people about what you want to become, the bigger their expectations of you, and the harder you’ll fall when you muster up the courage to tell them you want out. In some cases, that feeling of letting down the friends that supported you becomes too much to bear, and you’ll force yourself to continue despite hating it.
It’s fine to spend time searching
Don’t worry if you struggle to find a new hobby or career to chase. There are resources like Find Your Context that can be a huge helping hand in these cases. Not only will they give you a list of options to consider, but they’ll also teach you the quickest path to reaching it. It’s handy for when you have a sudden glimpse of inspiration and you want to capitalise on it as soon as possible by learning about a new subject.
Another great way to search for your passions is to write down a list of things that you really enjoyed when you were younger. Diving back into your past to find out what made you happy is a fantastic way to inspire yourself to learn something new or walk down a different career path. Maybe you loved watching cartoons when you were younger and you want to try drawing comics or animating. Perhaps you loved watching sports and you’re still young enough to train and become an athlete. There are plenty of different choices in life as long as you’re willing to make the change.
In short, just because you haven’t found a calling like the rest of your friends or family members, doesn’t mean you will be any less successful or happy in your endeavours. Don’t lock yourself into a career choice you aren’t sure about, and take time off to reflect on your past and find something that truly makes you happy.