From the time we are kids we were always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” You might have answered, “A ballerina!” or maybe, “A fireman!” or even possibly, “A garbage man!” (Yes, I’ve heard that one before) However, now that we’re in college, how many of us precisely know how we want to spend our lives?
When asked about his experiences, Jeremy Delbeato, current CCC student, responded, “I have no idea what I want to do (with my life). Yes, it does scare me. I don’t want to pay a lot of money for nothing or get stuck in something I hate.”
We are raised to believe that we need to have an ambition by the time we hit high school and grow to be successful and secure to make our parents proud. We are so rushed to pick a career path.
So as a result of this, we attend universities straight out of high school and spend thousands of dollars and put ourselves in debt to major in something we are not even sure of, just so our parents aren’t disappointed in us. Sound familiar? Do not let someone else rule your personal life. Live for yourself. You could have been five and have known what you wanted to do with your life since then, and that is fantastic! Keep in mind, if that is not the case, do not throw out money towards a degree that your heart and soul won’t follow.
The magical thing about community colleges and universities are you can always come back! That is the honor of education. We see it on our own campus, mature men and women come back for an education and they are doing well. They come back with set goals and ambitions, after figuring out what they want in life. Most of them already have families of their own so they know what they want.
Everyone these days are just so concerned with money. What do most people want to be when they’re older? Rich. And then people wonder why they’re so stressed out. People should want happiness. I can assure you right now, if you are shooting for money, yes you are going to be strained. However I can promise you that if you fight for what you would love to do with your life, you will be happy and that stress will be gone. One of the greatest ambitions is just to be financially secure and happy.
You experience it in life all the time. You may know someone with a great amount of money but are miserable. Granted, I am not saying successful people can’t be content. However, do people who center their life around money usually live cheerful lives? Financial problems distract us from our lives on a daily, even studies have shown that it causes negative outcomes on our health. Blood pressure, heart rate, memory, mood, and even immune functioning can be affected by financial stress.
It is never too late for you to decide what your passion is and how you want to contour your life. If you are worrying because you don’t know what you want from life, stop stressing so much and follow your heart! As long as you do this, you are going to be all right.
Fun Fact: The average college undergraduate changes their major three times before sticking to one.