â€œThe Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.â€ â€”Heraclitus
When weâ€™re kids, weâ€™re taught that we can be anything we want to be when we grow up and that the world is full of endless possibilities. We openly use that encouragement to explore the options. Kids can change their minds every single day about what they want to be â€œwhen they grow upâ€ with absolutely no consequences.
But as adults? If we change our minds too often, weâ€™re called hypocrites, flakes, flip-floppers and unfocused. Itâ€™s looked down upon to change your mind, especially with school and careers. People, especially your parents can be really hard on you. â€œYouâ€™ll ruin your life!â€ â€œHow will you make any money?â€ â€œWhy would you want to leave a comfortable path for this?!â€ Itâ€™s painful to hear.
If youâ€™re having a hard time right now, it does get better.
I get so many emails from readers who feel stuck in school for a degree they are no longer passionate about, a career that isnâ€™t a good fit or a job that is soul sucking. At The Blogcademy, many of our students are burnt out by their current blog topics but worried about changing it up. It doesnâ€™t have to be that way forever. Changing up your life is okay. Give yourself permission.
I spent all my free time in school doodling on my worksheets. When anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had it all figured out: an artist.
When I was touring colleges back in 2000, I realized that I couldnâ€™t take the ups and downs that being an artist would have in store for me â€” a degree in business seemed like the most sensible option. During my summers off from school, I spent my days in a corporate office. I sat next to ladies who, in their 50s and 60s, had spent the better parts of their lives in offices. None of them seemed like they were having much fun. All anyone around me did was gossip about one another by day and drink heavily and chain smoke by night. Sure, I could finish school, climb the corporate ladder and have a nice paycheck waiting for me every two weeksâ€¦but that just didnâ€™t feel right. I wanted out but Iâ€™m not a quitter. Instead, I finished up my degree, left that office job for good and took a year off, selling shoes instead.
Once Iâ€™d regrouped, I went back to school for what I was actually meant to do: design. I still remember sitting in my collegeâ€™s office, filling out paperwork explaining why I wanted to return for a â€œlesser degreeâ€ (I had a four year degree and my design program was two). I donâ€™t even exactly remember what I wrote. I just knew that I had to find a way in.
When youâ€™re feeling stuck and like youâ€™re not on the path you want to be, there are always going to be people who will try to convince you to stay right where you are. But remember, it’s not their life, it’s yours. Itâ€™s never too late to make a change.
Photo: Made U Look.