by Megan E.
Iʼve always been someone thatʼs pretty conﬁdent in my life and career choices. Iʼve always been very sure about what Iʼd be doing in the next few years. But hereʼs the thing, Iʼm never right. Despite my self assurance, things are never quite what I expect. And thatʼs a good thing.
Hereʼs the deal.
We live in a world thatʼs constantly changing. Whatʼs true for today isnʼt true for tomorrow. Thereʼs no guarantees and no such thing as a “sure thing”. Iʼve gone from wanting to be a rock star (circa Kindergarten) to the president (3rd grade) to an environmental scientist (7th grade) to a journalist (10th grade) to a social worker (12 grade).
And what do I want to be now? Whatever will continue to bring me joy. Thatʼs it. Something relatively simple, yet not always so easy. The key is discovering what the thing is that brings you joy. For me, itʼs a lot of things. Itʼs learning. Itʼs fun. Itʼs passion. Itʼs friendship. Itʼs community. Itʼs knowledge. Itʼs human connection. Itʼs making a difference. Thatʼs what I want out of a life, out of a career. So I pursue interests that do just that.
I have the pleasure of working for two incredible non-proﬁts that bring me a whole lot of joy. I organize the efforts of Revolution Hunger in San Francisco, teaching students in the community about root causes of hunger and encouraging them to get involved with the campaign. I run a blogging program at Mobilize.org, teaching young Millennials how to advocate for the issues effecting our generation via social media. Not to mention writing for the wonderful community here at the Millennial Chat.
As I go through my next stages of life, I want to be able to continue a path that continues to bring me joy. And it might not turn out exactly how I imagine it. In fact, Iʼm sure that things will indeed be very different in the next few years. But so long as I can roll with the punches and continue to learn, explore, grow, build community, and make a difference, Iʼll be happy.
Imagine who you were 5 years ago.
Are you that same person today?
Do you have the same friends?
The same exact goals?
The same job?
Iʼd guess that for most people, things have changed a whole lot in 5 years. While itʼs important to plan for the future, itʼs equally important to be open to change. Change is what makes us grow and helps us learn. If things stayed the same, you wouldnʼt be who you are today.
And I think somewhere in these ramblings, thereʼs a very important lesson to be had for Millennials. Be ﬂexible. Life is not linear. Youʼre going to get thrown curveballs. You have to adjust.
For me, I can already feel things changing again. Iʼm debating changing my major, Iʼll be living in a new place next year, and Iʼm starting to think more seriously about what life will look like after graduation. And instead of being scared for these changes, and apprehensive to make those adjustments, Iʼm excited. I want to shake things up a little. I canʼt wait for the next set of challenges. I plan to meet them with determination and grace.
And I recommend you do the same. Things will look very different in the future, they always do. Our generation will have to adjust. Our lives will change. And itʼs going to be just ﬁne.