Life is not easy, I can tell you that. I know I’m not in my midlife crisis stage yet. Even till now, it’s still difficult on making decisions that will impact the future.
You have every right to be sad and that’s ok. You make bad decisions and that’s ok. I’m here to tell you that every mistake you did in the past is.. Well… in the past. You can’t go back and change it.
But you know what you can change? Your future choices and what you’re doing now (yes like, at this very moment).
I’ll tell you pieces of advice on how to make the “big” decisions.
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
Recently, I’ve been in the mindset of making a really big decision that will impact my future… going to university or not going at all!
I asked many of my family and friends. Some differ to say “go and just get that paper” and others say “don’t even bother. You’ll be in debt and once you graduate, you’ll end up getting a job that doesn’t relate to what you were studied in uni or not get a job at all”.
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With those comments in mind, I’ve been stressed out and confused on what I wanted to do. I had no idea on what to choose or what I wanted!
Then it hit me hard. For about 3 months.
Look, I made a mistake in choosing the courses. I picked visual arts. I was so interested in becoming an illustrator or an artist back then until I realised, I’m not passionate about art anymore.
Why not? “I thought you love drawing?” you’ll probably ask. I only did drawing as a hobby. Thinking about doing it as a job, however, seems like a drag.
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So that’s my situation here. Now that’s a relief to let it out. Have you been in the same situation before?
Here’s how to consider the life choices you make…
Ask the people you trust
You can ask your friends, family, relatives, classmates etc if they think you’re making a good choice. Asking others is a great way to spot opinions and expand your choices.
That’s why opinions exist in this world. If one doesn’t like it, the other one might will and with that, change happens.
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Ask people who have experienced it
I asked two of the people I’m closest too in my life (I’m not going to say who).
One of them told me that he finished university with a degree but hasn’t found a job with that degree for 2 years. 2 fricken years! Now he is doing volunteer work in order to improve his resume.
The other also has a degree but currently working part-time/casual jobs for over 4 years. Then there are those who have dropped out of college/school and started a successful career.
It’s insane what experiences you can learn from those that have already done it.
Ask yourself: what is my goal? Will it impact others? Are you really passionate about it? How will it affect me in the future?
Questioning yourself is a great way to resolve and figure out your life pathways. Jot these questions down on your journal or on a notepad and write down your answers.
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Be aware of society effects
Things can change around you and it can affect the future as well. That’s how the world and economic work.
For example, what if they install robots in the future and it will overtake many jobs?
You need to make sure you do your research to know its whereabouts.
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Pros & Cons
One of the best things to do is to make a jot down the negatives and positives on your choice.
I did this when it came to doing my choice in doing online school.
If you got more positives, risk it. If you got more negatives, then you should consider it.
Imagine your future
Just visualise what your dream life will be like. This is a great way to know whether or not you’re passionate about it or not.
Be in mind that your expectations aren’t your reality. Many of these things can change and you might even go in a different direction.
Have a Plan B or C or D ….
What if things don’t work out? Make a backup plan in case it doesn’t.
For example, if you want to do blogging as a full-time career, don’t just leave your current full-time job. Make sure you are financially stable first and if you know your blog can be successful, then do it.
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I hope these tips work out when it comes to making big life decisions. You can either work these tips in order or pick and choose. Your choice.
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