How Can You Know What to Do With Your Life?
You've dealt with this problem.
You've freaked out about what to do with your life. You've searched through hundreds of job descriptions and programs looking for that one thing that somehow clicks. "This is what I'm supposed to be doing! Aha!"
If you've experienced that breakthrough moment of pure clarity, you're lucky. Not everyone gets that! But that's because not everyone should get that moment.
For many of us, there's no "one thing" we're meant to do forever. For many of us, finding where we fit best is a temporary situation. Our skills work in one area, so we start there. We develop. Then we move on to another area, and develop more.
We keep going through this refining process. Some end up in a niche, others will use the skills they've developed over time in a cornucopia of fields.
Not everyone is meant to have that one thing they do forever. In any case, I think there is a way to tell where you should be going next.
But every morning as I'm blogging, I think, "Man! I would love to just do this all day every day. I don't want to go to work. I just want to put everything I have into my own brand!"
After two or three weeks straight of saying this to myself, I finally noticed it. It finally clicked that if I gleefully start my day with this every morning, and wish over and over that it was my one job - especially when I also enjoy my full-time gig - I should probably be doing this full time.
Who knows how long it will take me to get there - could be one more month, could be another 10 years! By the time I finally achieve this milestone that I'm currently so excited for, I'll probably be gung-ho shooting for something else! Funny, that's just how things work.
I don't think I'll ever find one thing I can do forever and be content with. Like many, my primary interests (and therefore my primary focus) change every couple of years. But I think I do know how to tell what I should be doing with my life. And I think it can very well apply to others.
When you wake up in the morning, what is it you want to be doing? When you're working, what would you rather be doing? When you have free time, what do you choose to spend it on? Does the same thing keep popping up every day? And then how can you support yourself through that?
Maybe you're exactly where you want to be. Maybe you're not sure where you want to be, or where you should be. That's perfectly okay! Try a bunch of things.
Develop a bunch of skills. But focus on getting to whatever it is that keeps popping back up in your head day after day. At least in the short term, that's where you should be.