Wellington Road: Where Do I Go From Here? Â (Part 1)
By Brian W. Carter
I’m on a mission… to talk to 20-somethings… to find out where they see themselves going…if they see anything at all. It’s not uncommon to hear young adults have no clue as to what they’re doing or what they want to do. I’m asking that age-old, sometimes dreaded question…”What are you going to do with your life?” I want to find out why some of us walk around in a daze during and after college.
It’s not easy being a 20-something nowadays with so many ideals and very few paths to travel, especially today. As I stroll down the last few months of my 20’s, I look back on my situation. I see I had a lot of legitimate fears and some unfounded ones. Many of those fears hindered me and some propelled me.
After college, I was stagnant for a nice little period of time with no clue. I had a silly inclination that a job would leap into my lap. I let time pass and after a while I realized I looked around for jobs that had nothing to do with my major. Job-hunting in particular was something I avoided. It was basically new to me and just seemed stressful and daunting all at the same time. My family would look at me like….”Well…what are you waiting for?”
That was the question I asked myself repeatedly to the point where I would almost get depressed. I had opportunities given to me by various family members and friends but I was interested in pursuing journalism at the time. I finally just took the bull by the horns and faced what I feared…life…and all its uncertainties.
I feel silly in hindsight, but there were a lot of things that transpired in my life during that “soul-searching” time. As you could guess, I ended up in journalism and it’s been an interesting and fulfilling career so far. I had to realize that I needed to start somewhere and it was up to me to chart my own course. Sometimes I feel like I wasted valuable time but I also know that everything happens for a reason and God is always on time.
I always thought I was alone in my being perplexed about the future but I see I wasn’t. I’d like to know if the 20-somethings out there are in the same or similar situation. Do you guys find yourself bewildered by the future? Do you know where to go from here?