It’s okay to be uncertain about the future

It is okay to not know what you want to do.

I am a third-year student double majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. I’ve never been one to choose exactly what I want to do, because I love too many things. It’s really hard for me to ever imagine committing myself to one career because I love so many things. I considered a major in Philosophy, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Anthropology, History, English Studies and Classical Studies.

I envy people who are entirely certain of their destinies. But I often find that people change their minds, even the most determined people. I know so many students who are in their 5th or 6th year of their 4-year undergrad, just because they changed their minds. Which is okay to do. There is nothing wrong with this. You aren’t giving up on your dream, you are realizing a new potential. The real world expects young adults to plan their entire lives upon graduating high school which I find to be unrealistic to ask of most people.

I know many people with bachelor degrees who went into careers that had nothing to do with their university studies. I know people who have found success in their subject of studies as well. It’s a mixed bag. I love Philosophy and enjoy my Psychology studies and that is what is important to me right now. I love learning and I want to find a career that will help me continue to learn and/or express what I have learned to others.

I’m not a “go with the flow” type of person. I don’t just take what happens to me in life, I try to make my goals a reality. But at this point in my education, I have no idea what I want to do. After I am done my 4-year degree I plan to apply for several different masters programs, and if I don’t get accepted, I may do a college business program and become a small business owner, apply to policing jobs or continue to work in library clerical positions. I am not sure. For one of the first times in my life I have realized that this is okay. At any age.

I think the stigma behind knowing what one wants to do isn’t great. I think that people should do what makes them happy. Whether that be going to university and studying amazing subjects and boosting their knowledge, to find a career or just for their education, or maybe just working a minimum wage retail position, or becoming a member of parliament (who knows!), just do what makes you happy despite what others expect of you.

These things have just been on my mind lately because I have changed my mind countless times over the past month in terms of what I want to do. Currently I am considering getting my masters degree in Philosophy, becoming a police officer, owning a small business, becoming involved in politics somehow, and going into construction. I’m not sure! But I feel okay about this.

In the meantime, enjoy the present. The future is important, but it is not a necessity to be certain of it.

– Sarah