For 20-Somethings Looking For A Reason to Follow Their Dreams

I don’t know who needs to hear this. 

If you’re approaching your mid-twenties and feel stuck in your current job or feel like your current career path isn’t for you, it’s not late too late to change at all. In fact, you’re early. Really early.

I know “starting over” feels so daunting, but the advantage us 20-somethings have is time. 

If not now, then when? 

Between Wanting and Doing

I want to be a better creative, so I’m writing a blog post every day.

I want to help my mom’s restaurant get more business, so I put in effort to do our digital marketing on a daily basis.

I could go on, but here’s the point: Everybody wants to do something, but there’s a big gap between wanting to do something, and actually doing it.

If we want to learn French, we have to learn a few phrases and update our vocabulary every so often.

If we want to be a good hand lettering artist, we have to get into the habit of lettering on a regular basis.

If we want to post nice videos on Youtube, we have to hit the upload button.

Things, when given the chance, just might work out.

Becoming Friends with Your Journey

The journey is a friend.

When I first walked through the doors of my university, I didn’t know what it’d bring. In a very similar way, I didn’t know what would happen as I walked out of those doors into what general society refers to as “real life” and post-graduation (or as we’re calling it today, mid-pandemic).

I think I could’ve planned all I wanted to, but maybe only 9% of those plans would actualize because my circumstances would change. I’d value different things, I’d think a different way, and I’d just grow apart from the things I used to want to pursue (like fashion illustration).

I feel very at peace with the decisions I’ve made, and I don’t think I could’ve honestly planned my way here. It was much more of responding in real time to things as they came along.

Things happen and we can change our minds.

I see it now as this: I prefer being friends with my journey over making it something I demand utter control over.

Tying the Goal with Present Actions

Well what’s the goal?

If it’s to be a hockey player, there’s no way you can do that without pulling on a pair of skates and falling on the ice a couple of times a day.

If it’s to share your own music with the world, it’s worth a try to get comfortable with the tunes that don’t sound the best and to share them anyways.

The same goes for us.

Reverse engineering where we want to be through practical and realistic expectations might just work.

But we have to start giving it a try before we say it’s just not possible.

If you could take a step forward every day, where would you end up?