Yes, I know that it is only November. And yes, I know that this post *might* be stressing you out (heck, it’s stressing me out just to write it!). But it’s important to remember that it is never too early to start thinking about your future.
Here are five questions to get you thinking about the rest of your life (no pressure, I’ll just be here eating ice cream out of the container; feel free to join!)
- What are your dreams/aspirations? This might seem like a loaded question but basically I just want to stress that this is your future! Not your parents, or your grandparents, your best friends, or your significant others’! I know how easy it can be to get caught up in the expectations that other people have for you. I also know that sometimes this is easier said than done. So take your time, really think it through and then pursue your dreams because you deserve to live them out!
- Would you be open to moving? Many of us, though not all, have grown up with a place we call home. A town or city that we identify with and call our own. Not everyone wants to move away from that familiarity. Think about where you see yourself living after graduation.
- What are your goals in life? Do you want to be a parent? A soldier, doctor, teacher, author? Do you see yourself getting married? Owning a house or renting?
- How hard are you willing to work to get what you want? All goals and dreams will take work. Whether this means working on getting the best grades you can, becoming more confident, building an online platform, etc. Everything in life takes work, you just need to decide if you are willing to put the time and energy into whatever it is you want.
- What steps do I need to take to achieve my goals/dreams? This step comes last after you’ve thought everything through carefully and have a clear idea of what you want your future to look like!
These are five questions out of hundreds! There are tons of online resources and vocational quizzes on the Internet. Do a bunch of them! Take time to really think about what your future will look like. Most importantly, however, remember that your future is not static – it is constantly changing and evolving as you learn more about yourself. Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate your life and see if what you thought a year ago still applies to the person that you have become.