What do YOU want to do?

From elementary school we’ve been asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and the answers usually follow with something like a doctor, police officer, or even an astronaut.You would assume that many of us would grow out of something like that right? Or do we?

We reach a stage in our lives where these dreams and aspirations become clouded and influenced by our friends and family. We tend to focus our decisions on careers that aren’t “childish” but who does that really help? We become complacent with these decisions and shy away from what we actually want to do when we grow up.

Throughout high school we strive to be the best student possible to then hopefully be accepted to the college of our choice to pursue our “dream job”. What happened to wanting to be a police officer or astronaut? Why did you want to change and become a psychologist? Is that what you really wanted to do? Not saying that choosing psychology is wrong but is it something that your heart is set on?

These are pressing questions that we fight ourselves about daily especially when you have that 9:00am introduction class and you’re doubtful. Some may argue that you might learn to love it but at what cost? Why not instead pursue what you’re truly passionate about and exceed all expectations.

It is hard to muster up courage to say that this is not what I want to do when I grow up and that’s OK. Life is full of lessons and lessons learned. Sometimes we need to make the wrong choices in order to learn from them and flourish.

What I’m trying to say is that we all are going to work for the rest of our lives. Many of us are currently pursuing a degree in what we want to do. If you have any doubts about what you want to do, sit and visualize what it is exactly you want to do with that degree. If you do know that’s OK too, we all don’t have the answers yet. However, make it a priority to visualize yourself in that field and go for it.

Personally for me I really didn’t know what I wanted to do once I graduated from high school. I used to say psychology to avoid awkward stares from people if I actually said I didn’t know what I wanted to pursue. Through my own personal research of that profession I soon realized that my heart wasn’t in it. I assumed that everyone was choosing that major because it was the coolest or whatever. I learned that it wouldn’t fit my personality.

Upon being accepted into college I took a test that showed me what I would best be suited for and that was either business administration or marketing. I chose marketing. What I aspire to do in the field of marketing is to work for Apple Inc. Corporate. I want to work in-house advertising and specialize in television ads.

A wise professor of mine once told me that if you can go a week reading your particular career section of the Wall Street Journal and enjoy what comes out of it then you’re where you should be. If not, change your major. It was very light-hearted but it’s very true and it only helped me confirm what it is I wanted to do.

So, don’t give up on those dreams but let it fuel your desire to pursue it and make it your career. Don’t be afraid to do what YOU want to do. For me, I had to realize that maybe psychology wasn’t the best choice for me and maybe you’ll have to make that decision as well. It’s easier said than done but I promise you that your life will be much more fulfilling if you chase what you’re passionate about and not settle for a career that doesn’t make you happy.

-Anthony Dauksis

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