Humans are free flowing, always changing, and always moving. One moment we can be so joyful we want to start a flash mob in the middle of the train station, and the next we can be disheartened and hopeless. Our feelings are ever changing and ever flowing, as are our thoughts, beliefs, interests, and our relationships with others.
Maybe this is why when we are told to pick a major, a job, or a career, we are ultimately faced with the hardest challenge of our life.
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We spent our whole lives preparing for this moment, after all. The decided fate of what we will spend our whole lives doing. When I was faced with the big decision of picking my major and future career four years ago, I was at a standstill. I had so many interests, how was it possible to pick just one?
Being the over analyzer I naturally am, I contemplated for a long time, measuring the pros and cons of each profession. I planned and thought, and planned some more. But it was when I was on a road trip with my family to Colorado, when I had finally stopped planning and thinking, that everything made sense to me.
I was sitting in the car next to my little brother, who has autism. Pondering about life, as I had nothing else to do in a twenty-five-hour car ride, everything suddenly made sense. Speech therapy, where I can help people like my brother whose intelligence is underestimated due to his autism, suddenly became my purpose. I just knew, and the beauty of it all was that it came to me when I was doing absolutely nothing.
We spend our whole life in preparation. We were missing out on valuable time spent living our lives worry-free and stress-free. Nobody needs a plan or a set path to get to where they need to be, because where you need to be is where you already are. People have multiple purposes in life, not just one.
So take those risks. Venture onto different paths; explore the paths that may seem far-fetched or unrealistic. Travel the world, start a business, do the things that are pulling you toward them.
I strongly believe everything happens for a reason, and if you have an instinct to do something, there is a reason for that feeling. There is no plan required in life.
The only thing required is to keep an open mind and go with the flow. You never know what might hit you when you are relaxed and doing nothing, and what instinct will draw you to your next adventure. She grew up in Deerfield, IL and is a dancer, aspiring yogi, and travel enthusiast.
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