While growing up the most popular question was “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I hated that question but of course I was always prepared to answer with an impressive and generic occupation like a Doctor or Lawyer or Nurse but deep down I knew that I wasn’t truly passionate about any of those fields. They were just the safe options that I was kind of interested in and that I knew would pay the bills. Growing up with a single mom and a low class income I just wanted financial security and I knew that what I was passionate about would be a bit of a gamble as a career. Not to mention I didn’t really know what I was truly passionate about until like my sophomore or junior year of college. I was always afraid people (my family) would think I was a little on the crazy side for not going into nursing like I had planned, but as I was enrolled in community college to retake some of my outdated pre-requisite courses I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I was settling. Something I always told myself I wouldn’t do.
People talk a lot about millennials and what we do wrong but no one really focuses on the pressure that’s on our generation. We are the most educated generation to date and the majority of us are struggling to make our dreams come to fruition. Not to mention most of our parents have worked their butts off to push us to be the great people that we are.
If you asked me just a month ago what I wanted to be when I grow up I still wasn’t too sure. It’s hard not to be attracted to the healthy income that comes along with being a Nurse Practitioner. But by learning from the past and our current events I can say that life is way too short to be wasting away in a 9-5 job that I despise. I think this is the general feeling amongst a lot of millennials…hell, people in general. I just truly believe that once you walk in your gifts/calling/passion whatever you want to call it, the financial security will come. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself so that I have peace of mind.
Let me know if anyone else has a similar experience,thought, or feeling. I’d love to hear from other people about the subject!