Ok so I’ve just graduated high school and now that my summer adventures have began to subside i’ve been thinking a lot about what i want do for the rest of my life, a question everyone is looking to answer. For me i’ve never really been sure of what “career” path i wanted to take because I just cant seem find something I like doing that I could get paid for a long period of time, I’ve considered being a chef/cook which seems alright or even something to do with music, but just the idea of going to school for another 4 to however years just so I can work even more doing so repeatedly till the day I die seems like such waste of my life. I’ve considered doing what Chris Mccandless did and just go out and live in the wild, maybe not to that extent but im sure most of you know where im coming from, I just want to live an exciting yet full life without being constrained by societies expectations and constantly worrying about money and all these material things some people seem to “need”. If anyone has any ideas on how i can begin my quest to the “real world”, it would be GREATLY appreciated as realize right now is a very important time in my life. Thank you :)
@charlie7400, Hello my friend, I couldn’t resist replying due to the bizarre similarity between. That is, your name being Charlie and the everything you posted is somewhat of a recurring dream for me too. I figured though that I might go ahead and jump into college because I’m excited to actually learn about my likes in depth, rather than the bullcrap highschool education that we’ve been through. I’m not sure if it works like this, but in my mind I’m planning on experiencing college and learning a bit until I can’t resist going out to try the nonconformist life, and, if nothing else, just learn a little about myself more until I find out what I can do with my life that will be enjoyable.
I’m sure you’ll get plenty of responses that go more into depth about how to break free from society, and I’m ready to see them as well.
@charlie7400, No one should give you advice on this, and you shouldn’t take anyone’s advice, not even mine, unless it agrees with your own reasoning and common sense. This is your life, not anyone else’s, and what makes your life worth living is entirely up to you.
I’ve often heard that men 18 to early 20s are lost in life. That at these ages they lack purpose and are trying to find themselves. So if it gives you any peace of mind, know that this is “normal”. Also know that this is a very pivotal point in your life. This is where most people fuck shit up by rushing into things without doing any research into anything or taking the time to just stop and think a little. I speak from experience :)
My advice, take a year off before making any big choices right now. There really is no rush, trust me. And if anyone tries to rush you into college or something similar, tell them to fuck off…. or let them know that your being responsible and truly thinking about what to do with your life. Before you decide how to live your life, experience it a little.
Whatever you do, know that your life will be what you make it to be. Please be conscious of your choices and know the consequences of your decisions.
@monkeyzazu, Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve considered taking a year off but I might go back to school so I can get a few courses I may need, which I still need to look into. but yes thats excatly what I dont want to do, rush into things without the proper knowledge I need.
It’s true to take a year off and explore and figure it out. However there is a danger to this also. You get a job and you stay for 1-2 years or more that you wanted to. The years just kind of go by. Or you meet a girl and get her pregnant. Watch out for that one. Or you get yourself into debt. All these things can create new problems.
Take the year out but be smart about it