Hello like most 18 year olds I’m in a position where I am stuck I know what I want, but I don’t know what I’m going to do to get there. I am so lost trying to find a what I reallyyyy LOVE to do I am interested in so many things I just don’t know what it is I really want to do. I’d like to hear a response that isn’t just find out what you love, because I honestly don’t know. I’m just stuck…
Immerse yourself in as many experiences as possible.
or simply find out what makes you tick.
it’s common. I am 33 and only knew what I wanted to do when I was 25.
I have been trying this already but it seems like all of these things are just goals, and when you are just making a list of random things it confuses things even more it seems like. I love that I get to try new things but none seem to be love .
Many 18 year olds don’t know what they really want to do or what they really want out of life. That’s normal. Also, what you are passionate about will change over the course of your life. Try not to agonize so much over it. Like someone said, try new experiences. Several years ago I started selling things on ebay just for fun. A few months later I really got into it and started my own business which lasted about seven years. Then I was back to what am I want to do with my life. I tried a few things, nothing stuck. Then I thought it would be fun to have my own website. Thought I’d try it just to see what happened. Now that has been my passion for the last year. You don’t know where your life is going to take you, who you are going to meet or what you may end up doing. You just have to keep trying until you find what you like or love and enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
i completely can relate to you right now. i’m 17, and am all set up to go to college in the fall. in all my years of schooling they just pound into you college college college go to college and you will figure it out just go to college. so now i’m doing it, i’m paying for a questionable future. i’m going for a major that i somewhat am interested in, environmental geography. but most of the time i just feel like it’s another bullshit major, just like every other kid i know. what i really want to do with my life is something with my hands. i want to farm, i want to build, i want to work on cars, i want to travel, i don’t want to be behind a desk. but they never taught me how begin farming in high school, they never taught me anything about working with my hands, they just said go to college. it scares me.
Kelly, it’s really hard to know what you want to do in your age and it really sounds like you are unsure of what you are getting yourself into.
Ignore standards and norms, don’t do what your parents and teachers expect from you.
It’s YOUR life, search for, and do what EXCITES you with no expectation. I’m trying hard myself to follow that rule… But I’m positive its the key to joy and fulfillment in life.
Wish you the best of luck!
See but you know exactly what it is that you want to do, now figure it out what it is you want to do with your hands because from what it sounds like your on the wrong path. You just told me exactly what you want but your going to sit here and adjust to someone else’s view of what you should want. YOU know what you want to do, maybe switch your major and learn a thing or two about farming, anything is possible my friend. Its the people like you who are letting themselves get worked up on what they want who disappoint me, you have to listen to what you want to do,not your parents,not what pays you 75,000 a year,not your friends, JUST YOU
I’m 24, turning 25 this year and I’m still searching for what I really want to do. I’ve been working behind a desk for a couple years with something I really don’t enjoy too much.
I actually resigned today though, probably off to India.. We’ll see.
This is quite a stress, since i know you have to make a living in this life and I really want to spend that time making a living on something I really enjoy. I hope I come to terms with what that is really soon :) But its probably best to just have an open mind and explore, try to do what is exciting as often as you can and not force yourself into something just for the sake of moneyflow.
Yeah I agree and I’m glad to hear you quit that desktop job, and money really is what makes our world go round(REALLY HATE IT). But its the sad truth and once you find out put your all into it and don’t give up. Doing the same thing everyday is going to get you the same results, so push to make necessary changes. Have faith that it will come, it could already be looking you right in the eyes.
I’m 18 now, and I was in your position for a long time because I was self aware at an early age. It took a lot of self thought and time alone to figure out what I want my life to be.
My passion is traveling and seeing new thing and experiencing new adventures ( Many have that passion) and that’s why I starting going deeper into that subject. What made me love the new experiences and traveling?
And then I found it. Languages.
I absolutely love hearing new words and learning new ways to communicate. Therefore I’m now studying Mandarin and Arabic.
Everything I do is to learn more and grow more. My attitude is always positive and bright. I try to help as many people as possible find there passion. If you have any questions, I’m here to help :)
Im just soooo stuck I want to trace but I am currently broke…lol. Its just that so many things interest me its literally impossible to pin down what I like the most. I am really good at pointing out what is wrong and trying to change it but I don’t know where that puts me. Science has always interested me but now so does business,math, and really everything that goes on. So like I said I AM STUCK
Try to focus on not what your passion is, but what you are good at. Don’t think that the decision you make is one that you will have to stick with for a long time. You are 18 and you know what you’re good at right? Do research, the internet is a powerful tool. There are so many resources you can use to help you find your passions. You can have more than one, it’s ok!
check out this article from HE, it’s about passion and it’s wonderful.
Hope that helps you on your journey. :)
From personal experience, I would suggest going to college. When I first entered college I thought I had it all figured out. I wanted to be a psychologist. I went through, like, multiple “quarter life” crises because I’m a drama queen and really passionate and didn’t know where to focus my passions. At my wit’s end and having declared 2 different majors (nursing and law) because my mom told me to, I got fed up. And I started enrolling in classes I was interested in. Philosophy, religion. I just went with it. And gradually opportunities started unfolding. I am 22, young and still in college so maybe I do not have the authority to say this but I truly think that if you find your passion and work hard enough at it things will just work out for you. I started selling handmade bracelets online for fun, then got serious about it and worked my ass off and now I’ve sold 2,000+ things in the past 2 years. I got recommended for a job in my major’s department and got to know a lot of professors better. Through this, I learned about an archaeological dig last summer in the middle east and also that the department offered scholarships. Because the professors liked me so much (because I do well in my classes because I GENUINELY like them) I ended up going on the dig for free and got a lot of other scholarships. I just got back from Bulgaria and I’m going to Nicaragua. And who knows what waits for me there? Everything has started falling into place, even if at first it seems like my life is crumbling, since I started following my passions. So far, it has worked out for me. College may not be your thing and that’s totally cool too. But it is a good environment to surround yourself with intelligent people and new opportunities. Challenge yourself and say yes to opportunities that present themselves. Take risks, even if they are small. Good luck :)