At the age of 27, I am not ashamed to say that I don’t not have a career. Not in the conventional sense. Like any normal person, growing up, I thought that 27 was the age I would have everything figured out. I would have a great career, a family, success. However, it didn’t quite work out like that.
Life didn’t turn out for me that way and I couldn’t be happier.
Last year after a three-year run in business and marketing sales I decided to give it up. Sales just wasn’t for me anymore. I didn’t feel passionate waking up and going to work. I decided to be brave, to take my life into my own hands. So, I switched careers. At the time I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I took the first job that was offered to me.
I wound up hating every aspect of it. The long hours, the longer commute and worst of all, the work I was doing. I felt was meaningless and boring. I knew I wasn’t happy with my life at that point but wasn’t sure what it was. While speaking to an older family member what I was going through.
Their response was simple: “Nobody likes their job.”
I was astonished.
I grew up believing you should be happy in everything you do. If you’re not happy than what’s the point?
After a few weeks of torture at this hellscape of a job, I decided to switch and look into something else that would make me happy. Soon after, I received an amazing offer in a marketing and social media job and felt that I finally found what I was looking for. I never dreaded going into work, I looked forward to seeing results in what I was doing and Ive never been happier.
Though the company I was working for eventually closed down, I learned the most important lesson of my life: do not let money rule your life. Keep looking until you find the right fit and if you’re not happy with something try something else, there is always time.
I am now currently taking a social media class, working as a freelance social media marketer and waitressing full time. Am I exactly where I want to be in life? No. But I am happy. I will keep looking until I find the perfect job that makes me feel complete and excited to go to work, because at the end of the day life is too short to be anything but happy, always.