Why Not Knowing Everything When Your 23 Is Alright

As 2020 comes to a close, it’s a HUGE year to reflect on what truly matters.

You simply don’t know what life is going to throw at you… no matter how cliche that sounds – it’s absolutely freaking true.

I thought by 23 years old or at least graduating a year out of school (it honestly feels like 5 years) , I’d be at my dream job or somewhat close to dream job. I can’t say that’s not true because I honestly love what I do day to day, but as a young person you always crave MORE.

As I talk to friends & peers around me, having that ‘dream job’ rarely exists despite what undergraduate school makes it out to seem. You have to figure out what type of worker you are – do you like to work independently or need someone checking in on you constantly? Can you handle a client-facing role or prefer to work in-house? Can you handle curve-balls on any given day? Knowing these answers PLUS finding the work environment of coworkers, space, etc. that you vibe with can be very tricky.

If you aren’t happy in an environment or the role you currently have, it’s okay. I’ve been in situations where I moved to a different job (because I just wanted out) but I didn’t like the work environment or structure. Feeling like you maybe made a bad mistake when it comes to employment can feel like the end of the world but everything happens for a reason. Not to mention, you definitely left for a REASON so it’s up to you to learn & grab skills you can use for the future. That’s what I did and it made me a stronger worker at the end of the day.

So throw out what you thought you’d be doing at 23 years old when you were 20 years old because you’ve grown way too much & life just doesn’t happen that way. I mean of course don’t give up on your dreams but just know that you’ll eventually get there!

Published by Ariana Lena

Renewing my passion for writing & finally putting my journalism degree to work.

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