What do you wanna be when you grow up?
I’m pretty sure that everyone has been asked a question like this sometime in their life, most probably as a child. Back then, we saw the professional world with only a handful of options; doctor, lawyer, business person, architect …etc. Little did we know there’s actually a whole wide world outside these “traditional professions”. Don’t get me wrong, I majored in interior architecture, so I didn’t exactly swim against the tide.
But even now, nearing my mid 20s, I’m still totally lost. What do I wanna do when I grow up? Honestly, I’m grown up and still don’t know! I majored in interior architecture due to a lack of decent career orientation back when I was in school. Unfortunately, that resulted in the worst 5 years of my life. In college I was constantly depressed, drained both physically and mentally. It was a mistake, but I kept pushing through it (an even a bigger mistake) .
I worked as an interior architect intern for 3 months and that made me hate it even more. I dabbled in occasional bartending before that (in which I sucked, but it was a good way to get into some exclusive parties…). Then there was art direction, food styling and photography phases. I must say that I enjoyed the last 3 but I didn’t quite feel in my right place yet.
Now that I have been in the USA on a “dependent” visa (which means I can stay but not work here) for 2 years , with lots of free time for thinking and outlining my future, things still aren’t very clear. I have been taking marketing courses, because I thought it was something I really enjoy. But I didn’t really, and I only knew why after my husband said: “marketing is the art of bull-shiting”. He didn’t mean it in a bad way, but he’s right, to be a good marketer you have to be a good “liar”. You’ll have to come up with stories, and change the reality. But in reality, I’m a very straight forward person. I don’t tolerate fake people nor kiss-assing. It makes me cringe.
So what do I wanna be? A blogger? I’d love to travel the world and document my adventures through my blog. It’s something I could really see myself doing. I very much enjoy taking pictures and writing blog posts. So yeah, that’s what I think I wanna be. I’m not sure yet, because let’s be honest it’s easier said than done. And who wouldn’t love to travel the world, and blog along the way their journey?
I’m almost 25 yrs old and with no defined career, but is it that bad? Some people, like me, will take more time than others, to find our voice in this world. My hubby, 32 yrs old is already in his 2nd self made company, but that doesn’t mean that I’m failing compared to him. It’s OK to take time to figure out what you wanna do. It’s ok to try out your options before diving in. I think it’s ok to want different jobs throughout your life instead of a single, defined career.
What do I wanna be when I grow up? I’m still figuring it out, and it’s OK!