8 things to remember when you don't know what to do with your life

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Sometimes in life, we find ourselves at a dead end, or a crossroads, or on a path that seems khổng lồ go nowhere and say “I don’t know what to vày with my life…”No matter what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to how lớn proceed, then you need lớn reevaluate.

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When I was in high school, I remember thinking that I had to lớn pick a career at which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task. How vì chưng you know what’s going to lớn make you happy for the rest of your life, especially if you’re only 16 and you’re still getting a thrill out of watching “The Breakfast Club?”

You can’t know. You can’t know what’s going to lớn make you happy even five years from now. But you can know what makes you happy now and if you’re current position — or school track — isn’t it, then you need to lớn move on.

When my oldest children were contemplating their college careers and job prospects, I often told them to lớn just go và take classes or try things they thought might be interesting and if they didn’t like the class or workshop or whatever, then cross that off your list. Life is often about trying things and realizing what you don’t want lớn be when you “grow up.”

I spent a year substitute teaching in an effort lớn see if I wanted to become a public school teacher. I enjoyed that year immensely, but after talking with teachers & doing some of their job for a year, I realized that was a career that was not for me.

1. It’s Okay You Can’t Figure out the Whole Future

Remember, you don’t know what’s coming next. Life is full of interesting twists và turns, but if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting and more fun.
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Maybe you enjoy making jewelry right now. Maybe you can sell it. In five years, you might be a successful jewelry designer or you might have moved on to lớn another craft. It doesn’t matter. You have the experience of your jewelry design to fall back on & help you with other projects in the future.

2. Try khổng lồ Be Comfortable with Discomfort

Sometimes, life is uncomfortable. Sometimes, we don’t have enough money to vày all of the things we want lớn do. If you have something you really want lớn pursue, then you must be able to lớn live with some amount of discomfort in order to vị that.

For example, I want khổng lồ mush sled dogs and run the Iditarod. In order to bởi that, I had to lớn give up my neat, tidy suburban trang chủ and move my family to a cabin in Alaska.

We don’t have running water or regular electricity and our cabin is much smaller than our old house, but we don’t mind the discomfort of those things because we live in a beautiful place & I get to lớn pursue my dream.

3. Life Is Uncertain, Go with It

Stuff happens. I thought I had it all. I had a great job & a great house in the woods. Then I got fired, lost my house & turned 40 all in the same week. Then I found out I was pregnant. Quite the week.


I laid on the couch for a couple of days, depressed, but then we got it together, made a plan & moved khổng lồ Alaska.

Take uncertainty and turn it on its head. Every bad thing is an opportunity lớn make something good happen.
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Besides, it’s really never too late khổng lồ change your life course when something goes wrong!

Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof: How lớn Start Over và Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

4. Overcome Distractions and Stop Procrastinating

You’re not getting younger. Sorry, but it’s true. If you don’t start taking the time to pursue your dreams, you might find yourself at the end of your life with nothing khổng lồ show for it but a lot of Facebook posts & a bunch of TV shows you just had khổng lồ watch.

If you are serious about pursuing a dream — whether it’s designing jewelry, professional skateboarding or being a rich & famous computer guru, you better get on it.

Take those first steps. Turn off your Facebook notifications và get working. You won’t get anywhere merely thinking about how great you could be.

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Better yet, learn these steps lớn stop procrastinating and start to focus on what truly matters: What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to lớn Stop Procrastinating)

5. Ask Yourself Questions

Take some time for yourself. Ask yourself big questions. & small ones.
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Learn about yourself. Meditate. Write down the things that interest you & things you could see yourself doing if time và money were no object. Dream big. Quiet your mind and really imagine yourself doing those things.

By asking yourself meaningful questions, you’re building yourself an invincible Motivation Engine like this and whenever challenges arise, you know how to deal with them.

6. Volunteer or Shadow Someone

If there is a job or hobby you are interested in — from grooming dogs to being a zookeeper — volunteer or job shadow and see if it’s an occupation you really want khổng lồ do.


All the dreaming in the world isn’t going to lớn help you if you don’t go and get your hands dirty. Sometimes, we think we want to vì chưng something và then once we try it, we realize it might not be the kind of work we like after all.

Or it might be more involved than we realized. It’s important khổng lồ get hands-on experience and do a lot of reading by those with first-hand experience before we give up our current life lớn pursue a dream.

7. Save Up

If you need khổng lồ move or go back lớn school to pursue your new dream, it might be pertinent to get a job doing something — anything — và save up the money to allow you to vị it.

I worked for many years lớn build my writing & editing portfolio & now, I can write & edit articles from my wee little cabin, get paid, và use the money to lớn pay for the equipment and food I need khổng lồ run my dogsled team.
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Would I love to lớn be able to make money just from running dogs? Sure. But it’s not possible right now while I’m building & training my team.

I don’t have a reputation in dog mushing yet, but I vì have a reputation in writing. So I do one job I love to lớn pay for the other.

8. Answer the Door

Opportunity may be knocking but, if you don’t answer the door, how can you take advantage of it? You must take opportunities when they are presented lớn you.

Sometimes it’s not the right time, but it doesn’t matter. Opportunities happen when they happen. Answer the door or that opportunity might walk on by và knock on someone else’s door.

Final Thoughts

The most important thing to lớn remember when trying to figure out what vị with your life is that no kích hoạt is an action in & of itself. You must make decisions & try things — even if you end up hating them or wanting to bởi something else.

Remember, it’s never too late to start again. (Jack’s story is an inspiring one about rebooting life at a later stage of life!)

At the kết thúc of your life, you won’t regret trying things và failing, but you will regret not ever trying at all.
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