Life feels like a constant marathon. Not that I would know, I only run when I’m passing by good looking guys to make them think I’m in shape. But really, I feel like I’m constantly on this never-ending path. I’m running, running, running trying to reach my dream job. I’m running, running, running trying to find the path in my life that will lead to satisfaction.
There are so many times that I feel as if I am on my last leg. I feel exhausted by the process. I am tired, sore, and I just want to lie down and forget about it all for a while. But I don’t. Because I haven’t found the right path yet.
But that’s the thing …we don’t have to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives. We don’t need to know the exact path that we are going to take. There are a thousand different paths that will all lead you to exactly where you want to be. Maybe it’s not right away, but eventually you will get there.
Lately, I’ve been so caught up trying to fast track myself on the plan to happiness that I’ve completely missed the last 2 months. Here we are, mid-September, and I haven’t slowed down to look around and enjoy the scenery.
I feel this constant pressure to know exactly what I want to do in my life.
Where do I see myself professionally in 5 years?
Where would I like to end up living?
How am I going to get there?
I just don’t.
And no matter how many hours I spend trying to figure it out, and no matter how many articles I read, or personality tests I take… I still don’t know.
So this is the conclusion that I’ve come to: I don’t have to know.
I DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN.
I can just take life one day at a time. You can too. Take it one month at a time if you’d like. Give yourself a break and take time to smell the freaking roses…or pumpkins, whatever you’re into.
I had a plan. I was going to go to grad school and live in London and develop an accent and become a worldly woman.
And now look, I’m in Indianapolis living and working developing support groups and volunteering for not for profits.
It’s good to have goals and it’s great to have dreams.
But stop putting so much pressure on yourself to have a plan for where you want to end up.
You don’t have to know.