Lately, I've been thinking back to college a lot. How great it was to start each semester over anew. New classes, new professors, new friends, new clubs, new internships. A whole 4 months chock-full of fresh starts!
If only the real world were the same...
I've been searching for a little while now, and I'm sorry to report I have found no such sign up sheets for Activity Fairs: Real-World Edition. Instead of being able to dip our toes and explore different areas and interests, we are forced to choose. We are provided with all of the opportunities in the world and asked simply: What do you want to do with your life?
What a crazy, unrealistic question to ask someone!
How in the world are we equipped to make that decision at this point in our lives? Shouldn't there be a real-world activities fair somewhere?
Now, I'm sure there are a lucky few who have found their calling (big props to you guys!) - but for the rest of us, what happened to those fresh starts? When did it become taboo to try again? Try something new or different? Take control and change our paths?
Yes, we probably shouldn't all up and quit our jobs every few months. Probably not the best tactic. But there is absolutely no harm in exploring other curiosities. You may not be in your dream job, but you may not know what that next step may be just yet either.
So why not just start?
Talk to people in different industries. Attend Meetup events. Find some cool networking events. Rent some documentaries. Grab a few self-help, inspirational books (Arianna Huffington's Thrive is my personal favorite).
Make your own activities fair.
How could you ever know what your calling is if you don't open yourself up to all of the millions of options out there? If we wear our blinders and clock in and out every day, nothing is going to change. So go out there and start looking. Right now. We all know that Activities Fair: Real-World Edition isn't coming around anytime soon, so what are you waiting for?
This post was originally published on Quarter For Your Crisis, an online community created to share stories of those who don't think normalcy is an option and who want to actually live and breathe their passions.