What am I going to do with my life?

I’m 18 years old sitting on the chair in my kitchen table taking the time to write to all of you, my readers, about my plans and goals in life.  I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been asked about what my plans for school are, what I want to be when I grow up, and where I want to go to accomplish that.  They are intimidating questions in which I feel I can never speak the truth, for the feeling of judgement of others constantly creeps down my spine.  In our society, too often we feel the need to follow the “norms” and live the lifestyle of another in order to compete and seem accomplished/ successful to the people around us, when this shouldn’t be the case.  We each live our own lives and go through certain milestones at different points as we all do things in our own time.  No two people are the same.  In a world where we only get one shot at life I think it is such a waste to throw away your passions and do something you aren’t happy doing, just to make money or seem worthy in the eyes of another.  If I could send a message out to anyone, it would be to go experience the world and follow your passions because your talent is something unique to you that no one else has and can get you so far.  It would be a waste to do nothing with it.  I know for me personally, I’ve always loved helping others because it fills up a certain spot inside of me and just has always made me feel so good. Nothing has ever really been able to replace it. That’s why I decided this past summer to take a solo journey to volunteer in Costa Rica with people I didn’t even know.  Helping so many people on a variety of projects from organic farms, to working with kids in schools, to a sea turtle conservation, and beach cleanups, it really opened my eyes to what makes me happy.  It further deepened my belief that in life my purpose is to help others.  I now have the idea that I want to go to school to become a social worker and I’d still get out and see the world and volunteer in my free time.  I know for a fact it is something I will continue to do.  Even with this blog, it is a passion of mine to share my experiences and life journeys in the hopes that it can touch one person and make their life better in some way.  That’s always been the ultimate goal of mine. Without going on the trip I don’t know that I would’ve realized that and that’s why I think going out and experiencing the world is so important.  So many people today rush in to post secondary school not knowing what they want to do and end up not liking it before, or when they finish, or years down the road.  That’s why I cant stress enough that it is really never too late to start doing what you love.  Yes, money is important but at the end of your life sitting back knowing you followed your goals and passions is a far greater takeaway.  Anything that you try hard enough for you can achieve as long as you stay positive, believe in yourself, and have supportive people around you.  So speaking now directly to the people who ask these “intimidating” questions, I encourage you to instead ask young adults what they’re passionate about and I believe you will get a far greater response.  Realize how lucky you are to wake up every morning and start to think about accomplishing things that make you happy.  Don’t be afraid to take risks because when you do so, I think you will find out how much you are truly capable of.  All you really need is faith in yourself and your beliefs, for they can take you to extraordinary places.

 

Thank you and as always, if you need to talk I’m here.

*Reach for the stars!*

-Sierra xoxo

 

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49 thoughts on “What am I going to do with my life?

  1. I love this message! Do what you want to do, don’t try and follow in someone else’s footsteps. Follow your dreams. I’m so proud of you for realising this 🙂 it is difficult to know what you want to do growing up though.

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet words Ruth! I agree with you 100%, it’s so important to follow our passions and do the things that make us happy. We only have one life and must live it to the fullest! I wish you all the best:)

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  2. The world is definitely open to you at this age. If I had to do it all over again, I’d travel full-time and not restrict myself to one place or one job. Good luck!

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  3. 18 is a tricky time in our lives, we’re expected to know exactly what we want to do but we don’t really have the real world experience to know. I’m glad you did a bit of traveling to get some more experiences under your belt—the more you have, the better you know your adult likes and dislikes!

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  4. The fact that you’re 18 and realizing these, and planning out your life is wonderful. I think you’re on the right track and that everything will be alright.

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  5. A beautiful post, and one that I enjoyed reading very much! I wish you all the best on your journey – I love your parting words of reach for the stars 🙂 So important!

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  6. This is such a great message. I went to college not knowing what I wanted to do. I didn’t even know what I could do. Now that I’m in my 30s, I see what I missed. I love to write, so I should have went to school for writing, but instead, I went to college for Business Administration and that is something that I haven’t had to use. If I didn’t meet my husband and I have my kids, I would say it was a waste, but instead, it’s just a learning experience that I can tell my kids about when the get to that age.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment Brittany! You have a great attitude about using it as a learning experience and from looks of it you are following your passion with your website. I just checked it out and its amazing! I will have to try out the strawberry graham cracker surprise recipe, looks great:) All the best!

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  7. Love that you turned to volunteering. I have found so much direction through service to others. We all have moments where we are looking for direction, regardless of age.

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    1. Yes you are so right! Volunteering has honestly opened my eyes to so much, building relationships with people that are really involved with their community inspires you in so many ways and opens up many doors. Glad to hear that you have found direction through service work!

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    1. I know it is so hard to decide, especially when life doesn’t go as planned. I looked at your blog though and its amazing, you can clearly see that its what your passionate about. I wish you all the best Sarah;)

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  8. This is such an interesting post and worth reading especially to young blood. Life is a process and a very challenging one, we just need to know where we belong and be content of what we have.

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  9. Sierra, thanks for your post! I love that you took a solo trip to Costa Rica! What an adventure that must have been. At 18, you are not supposed to have it all figured out, so don’t stress about it. And as you get older, once you think you have it figured out, it will change again as you change. Life is all about the journey and the winding roads you’ll take.

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  10. You are young. there is so much life ahead of you. Think about your passions and where you’re good at and what you can afford. 🙂 Takes some thinking and lots of trials and errors to get where you really wanna be. But life is evolving. It’s a process.

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