There will be points in everyone’s life when they reach a crossroads and have to decide on which path to take. Some people know exactly what they want, but for those of us that struggle with making life decisions, or can’t even make up their mind on what to have for lunch, you may feel lost. These people can often wander, and traveling is good for those of us that have the wanderlust of a lost soul, but eventually you will have to settle down in one place, take one last job, and have that last relationship.
So many things to choose from
At some point very early and again later in school, you were probably asked what you wanted to do with your life. Maybe you knew then, but this could have changed. Having an attention that is often multi-directional isn’t a bad thing. You might be good at everything you do. This just makes it harder to decide on what you really want to do. There are a number of factors which you should consider, but money, location, and time spent at work are some things to think about.
Do I want to do this forever?
You can tolerate a job that pays you decent money and has good benefits, but can you tolerate the job for the rest of your life? Don’t you want a career you can be happy with? The average person changes careers 5-7 times throughout their life. This means that most people find that crossroad a number of times, and if they were to take the right path, a difficult situation could be avoided later in life. Ask yourself if you want to do this everyday. Really consider the possibilities that it entails when making your decision and take a moment to meditate on it. When you reach your decision you have another question to ask yourself.
Will this job be there in the next ten years?
Stability is key for any career, especially if you don’t want to find yourself in another listless situation with either no job or underemployment. The job you have now might not be the job you have next year, and if you don’t have something to fall back on then the crossroads of life will get a great deal more treacherous. But for now if you’ve answered this question to there is one last one.
Is your passion fulfilling?
The greatest desire people have is self actualization. To achieve this you must meet all or your needs and feel that your talents and skills are being used for something. An exceptional painter will never become self actualized if they aren’t doing what they’re good at. The real question you should ask yourself is: what am I really talented at? If you have a number of things to choose from then your chances of fulfilment are greater than someone with very little talent. This may also mean you find yourself doing too many things, wandering around from place to place and never becoming actualized.
This sort of fulfilment can be elusive, especially early in life. Finding your passion and talent that will make your living can be hard, and arduous if not done correctly. However, if you explored the options and asked yourself those questions you will have an easier time finding your way. You just be good at something that will be lucrative for you.