What do you want to do with your future??
What do you want to be when you grow up, or what do you want to do with your future? These questions are commonly asked to us by friends and family members. But why? This question gets us thinking deeper and deeper into time and life. This question can constantly linger in the back of our heads and eat you away late at night. I hate this question, because I feel like it takes away from our present-day life until we are on our death bed. For those worrying about this question, I simply say don't! There is so much more to your present life than there is worrying about the future, especially in your 20s.
Live the present-day lifestyle by doing what you enjoy. Travel as much as you can, live in a tiny home, be a beach bum... the list goes on! I have friends who are engineers making a great salary, and hate their lives. They were constantly pressured by family to jump into something with a bright future. Yet their years are quickly going by as they hate their lives and work just to get to that Friday night weekend escape.
I feel like there is so much pressure put on our shoulder by our peers and loved ones, that we lose sight about what is important in life. When you are long gone and dead, people won’t remember your legacy as how much money you had, or the job you had (Unless you're famous, or changed the world or advanced technology), they will remember your legacy as the type of person you were, and what you did. This pressure can be overwhelming at times, which can lead to symptoms of depression, or other mental health issues. Therefore, I believe this question and the pressure that comes along with it can really take away from some people’s lives. They are constantly trying to live up to expectations, and don't want to disappoint those around them.
I have other friends who work as bus boys and are poor as dirt, but still make enough to buy a cheap plane ticket to travel to a place they've never seen. Sure, their apartment might be small, and they may be living paycheck to paycheck, but hey, at least they are happy. Money can't buy happiness, time, or your youth back. No matter what, find something that makes you happy and do it! sure you may get criticism, but in the long run you are living life to the fullest and enjoying the present.
These types of people are charismatic, outgoing, and are just happy in general. I like to surround myself with these people because they are creative thinkers, and view things differently than what is normal. Again, these are the happiest of individuals I have ever met, and happiness is pretty rare to find in this world. Instead of worrying about an upcoming project at work. These individuals are worrying about whether they should go skydiving or whitewater rafting. It truly is amazing the outlooks these people have on life.
My worst fear in life is laying on my death bed saying, "I wish I would have done this...(activity)." This brings on my final point that if you do get asked the following question: "What do you want to do with your future?" Simply reply with, "I want to be me!" No one can ever criticize you for being yourself. Don't let this question ruin your present-day life. Live your life to the fullest and love every moment of it. Again, money can't buy happiness or time.
Thank you for reading!