"I need to know NOW (at the ripe age of 18) what I will do for the rest of my life. No, but seriously… I do. How will I choose a college, a workplace, my next step if I don't know exactly who I am, and exactly what I want to do… RIGHT. NOW. for the rest of my life?"
If I close my eyes and imagine myself fresh out of high school, I can almost feel the pressure eating at me all over again. Where will I go to college? (Because of course I have to go to college, right!?) What will be my major? My minor? What will my ideal career path be? What do I even like to do? What am I good at?
What will make me happy for the REST of my life?
When I graduated, I had it all planned out. I would go to a two year art college just a few hundred miles from home... But I didn't. I changed my mind, at the very last minute. I had made a decision to go to this college based on the pressures that surrounded me... The pressures to have it all figured out. It made the most logical sense. I could continue the long term relationship I was in, be close to home, and after two short years, graduate with a degree doing something I loved…. Well… something I at least liked… more or less… I think? That was good enough wasn't it?
Let's all be honest here for a second. How many of us are in our 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and upward and are still figuring out what we want to do (here we go again…) for the REST of our LIVES? What a daunting phrase! How about we start asking ourselves, what would I like to pursue now… in this season of my life? Yes, there are plenty of people that have stuck with the same career path their entire lives (my hat is off to you, my friend) but are we okay with what we'll do for “the rest of our lives” actually changing a few times throughout our lives?
So... back to art school. No, I didn't go.
I instead spent a grueling 6 months having absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. While all my friends were lined up with their career paths, colleges, and jobs, I was working at a restaurant asking God to show me who I was, what I liked, what I didn't like, and what He had for me next. And it worked. It was so very WORTH IT.
I ended up being a part of a missionary organization called Youth with a Mission. First in Australia, then in Hawaii, and now in Mexico. Being a missionary in Mexico is where I am now, my career path, and what I love. But is this what I will do for the rest of my life....?
I don't know, and I honestly don't care.
I will do whatever my God and my heart leads me to in each and every season of my life. Do I regret not going to art school? Absolutely not, because I recognize that “the rest of my life” is moldable and I have the freedom to decide to go to art school anytime, maybe even when I'm 50, with plenty of life still in front of me.
Moral of the story: Ask God what He has for you NOW. Ask yourself what YOU'D like to do NOW. (Yes, God is glorified when you like what you do!) So, let's stop this “rest of my life” thinking, because it is EXHAUSTING and it is not realistic. I squirm with excitement realizing that the rest of my life is not lined up, and realizing that I have many different adventures ahead of me that may not even relate whatsoever. So, take your next step… without fear, without pressure, but with joy. And trust God for the thrilling and beautifully ever-changing journey He is about to take you on.
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