You are taught from a young age that you should go to school so you can get a good job.
You make decisions based on the path that was set out for you. What class should I take? Which degree should I pursue? Where do I want to go to college?
You can change lanes, but you can’t get off the career expressway. You may find forks in the road, but ultimately they all lead back to the same place.
You need to get a job
That’s not to say this path is bad, it makes sense. You need money to live, so you are encouraged to get a job that pays well enough to support your lifestyle.
In a sense, the more money you accumulate, the more freedom you have. If you are broke, then you need a job to afford food and shelter. With more money, you have more choices in where you live, what kind of car you drive, etc.
Most people don’t enjoy sitting in a classroom, taking notes, writing essays, and doing exams. But you accept it, because you know you need a job, and that’s how you get a job.
Even if you don’t appreciate it when you’re in school, having a goal is what allows you to pursue things that make you happy. As long as you get through your school work, you can do anything you want with the rest of your time.
Freedom is scary
This might seem counterintuitive. You spend the first twenty years of your life working towards getting a job, so that you can make money and be free to do what you want. But once you get there, you may start longing for the days where you were told what to do.
Things aren’t as easy as they used to be, nobody is going to tell you how to live your life. This is something you need to figure out for yourself.
What do you want to do?
You need to set goals for yourself. Having a long-term goal will give you something to work towards, you need to have some purpose in your life. Maybe you want to start a family, buy a house, get a dog, start your own company, or learn another language. Whatever it may be, you can’t become complacent after finding a job. You haven’t reached the finish line, you’re just getting started.
Don’t worry about setting goals for your entire life, that’s not possible anyway. As you get older and experience different things, your goals will change. What’s important is that you have something to work towards, a reason to get up in the morning.
When you accomplish one goal, you’ll need to figure out the next one. It won’t be easy, but the feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment you get from these goals is unlike anything else. Having one goal might not be enough to satisfy you, take on as many as you want. But, be careful not to overwhelm yourself.
Don’t be afraid to be greedy, want more, reach new heights. Don’t stop at getting a job. Be ambitious.