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Some Soul Searching Would Do You Good

Kathleen

I recently had a conversation with a friend about how some people have difficulty deciding what they want to do with their life.  As college students, we all hopefully plan to pursue some type of job or career after graduation. Whatever we choose, we have to choose something in order to be successful. With that in mind, I think I can say that we all know that is a part of growing up. It is evitable. Then how can there still be people who cannot seem to make up their minds? And that got me wondering. Is the reason that some cannot make this decision of what to do with the rest of their life because they have too many choices?

Perhaps we are so overwhelmed by the idea that we can do anything. It is an interesting thought. It is as if we are paralyzed by the sky being the limit. Where do we start? Where do we search, or who do we seek guidance from? Some of us are trying to find that one thing that we love and would want to do the rest of our lives. That is a lot to absorb and a hard decision to make. Even if you do not have this issue, and you have always known what you wanted to do with your life, we have to admit that from time to time we all have had doubts. Have you not thought about what life would be like if you did something else or made different choices? Would you be happier? More successful? I do not know if you would be. But the point stands true: we may have too many options when it comes to what we can do with our lives.

Following World War II, most men returned home and went to work at the local plant or company in their hometown. Oftentimes, they followed in their fathers’ footsteps or took the job that paid the most. Many of these men did not even have the opportunity to go to college. They took whatever job they could to provide for their families. Today, we all have many more opportunities than we ever did. And day by day, year by year, more opportunities will come. There is no denying it. Instead, we must embrace it. Take the time to mull over your options. Do your research. Take the time you need to figure out where you need to be in life. I will offer one other piece of advice though. Make sure you are doing something productive while soul searching, like working a part time job or going to school. I have complete respect for those who might not have all of it together but are trying to figure everything out, as long as they stay motivated. Soon enough we will all figure it out, or so our parents hope.

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