What are you doing for the rest of your life?

Hey you.

Yeah, you.

What are you doing for the rest of your life?

You’re going to go into a panic now, because you think about it often but you don’t know. You really don’t have a clue. And neither do I.

But I know there’s something bigger than my current 9 to 5 steady job. Something I’m passionate about. Something that I’ll love to spend most of my active awake time doing.

It’s out there.

I’m just not sure what it is.

I’m taking suggestions though. I even took an aptitude test today. One of the suggestions was “Insurance Adjuster/Claims Examiner”. Which I found incredibly depressing, because a year ago, I vowed I would never work a soul-sucking cubicle farm job at an insurance company. And now I work at an insurance company. Don’t even talk to me about ironic.

And so, life decided to throw me a sucker-punch to the face today. Whatever!

If you’re a recent grad/un or underemployed like me, you absolutely hate running into people you haven’t seen in a while–ESPECIALLY distant relatives. The first question they ask when meeting you is always “What do you do?”

Well, Aunt Beatrice, I work in an office and they pay me a salary! Yes, I think I’m doing quite well for myself.

“Oh dear. We always thought you’d go to Medical School and make something of yourself. Are you challenging yourself?”

Oh yes–every day! I’m challenged from the moment I’m dragging my ass out of bed in the morning and getting dressed to not acting like a total bitch at work.

The question is so daunting. Who the hell knows what they’re doing for the rest of their lives? I’ll tell you what I’m doing. I plan on eating, breathing, and sleeping. If I can do those three things for the rest of my life, I’ll be OK.

If you don’t have things figured out–that’s OK. You’ll be fine. If you’re working a boring 9 to 5 job, you can fill your life with meaningful hobbies and volunteer somewhere. Maybe even learn a new language. Don’t give up hope.

Don’t spend the rest of your life stressing about what you’re going to do for the rest of your life.



9 thoughts on “What are you doing for the rest of your life?

  1. Hey. Just wanted to say I love, love, looooooooooooove your blog. I am also a recent graduate– unemployed (yaaaa–urgh)– and I can definitely relate to the content in your blog. I totally agree with you about the not stressing about what to do with the rest of your life. Before moving to Canada, I never heard of the “follow your passion” thing. Life is more than what you do to pay the bills.

  2. Oh man, I know this feeling. People ask what I’m taking and then they ask about what kind of job I want to get with a journalism degree and then they say, “isn’t that a dying industry?” and “Can you make money from that?” It’s enough to make you panic for sure.
    Good advice though.

    • Thanks! Even if you don’t go into journalism, you’ll hone your writing, reading, editing, and research skills. All very useful skills to have in the real world, and are totally transferable wherever you decide to go. Plus, you should study something you’re actually interested in, so your 4 years are enjoyable.

  3. I’m beginning to suspect we are living the same life on opposites sides of the globe. Hello fellow helpless soul who graduate university and somehow eneded up in a soul-crushing insurance job. My company is offering me the chance to jump to another department and they keep asking me what I want to do and I’m like “Not this…?” Ahahahaha.

    Thanks for brightening my day and offering a little perspective. 🙂

  4. I hear ya! I know of a lot of people who have degrees in this that or the other and ended up working in some job they could have gotten straight out of high school. That’s reality It’s a shame, but a fact.

    • It’s a shame but hopefully the degree had a positive impact on their life….not just debt.

      My degree really took a lot out of me and I wouldn’t be the same person without it!

      • I agree. I’m a different person for it and although I had only a couple of jobs which I couldn’t have gotten without my degree, I don’t regret all the time and energy I spent. I grew so much during that time and if nothing else, the edification itself was well worth it.

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