We as millennials are often given the ideal of finding your passion in life, and then putting all your effort into pursuing that, even through hardship, struggles, a desire to quit – if you’re passionate enough about it and you put in the effort then you can achieve your dreams. But what if your dreams change? What if the passion fades?
Part of the problem is that we are the generation of instant gratification, and the idea of slogging away in an industry for years before actually enjoying the work you’re doing doesn’t appeal to us – we perhaps give up too easily or aren’t willing to put in the effort.
But I also think it’s okay if our dreams are different to what it was 10 years ago. After all, we’re not all training to be a firefighter, astronaut or policeman like our 8 year old selves wanted to be, right? We’ve grown up – our perspectives on life and the world around us has grown up with us.
And this is a process that does, or should, continue beyond the degree or vocation we picked when we were 17. As we keep learning, seeing and trying new things, it shouldn’t be unusual for our dreams to change with us. Just because we spent 3 years (or usually more) in a degree, or even years in a career path, this does not mean we must continue in this field for the rest of our lives.
I’ve come across this quite a few times in my travels – people who realised their passion for their profession was no longer there and were thinking about or had quit that path to try something else. I’ve seen how stressed and unhappy they were in their fields, yet how trapped they felt. And I’ve seen people discover things about themselves through giving something else a go – much like this TED Talk by a popular YouTuber.
So I think we should be less afraid to take that leap – and pay-cut – to try something else – give something else a go, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll find something we actually want to do.