Taking Time to Figure Out Your Life

This editorial in USA Today came out back in June, but I’m just getting around to posting about it. Titled, “Hey grads, have you figured out the rest of your life yet?” it goes into all the reasons why messing around for a while and finding your right path is important.

The reason he is writing this is in response to the trend that kids are supposed to figure out how they want to spend their whole career at an earlier and earlier age, even though it’s the rare person who stays in one career anyway. Florida governor Jeb Bush put through some silly law saying middle school students should declare a “life major.” These are kids who aren’t even old enough to drive or get into an R-rated movie alone. (And people keep telling us Jeb Bush is smarter than his brother?)

Most of the content, well-adjusted people you meet are comfortable with their life, their job, and what they’re doing with their days. But how many of them are doing what they set out to do when graduating college, much less when they were in high school? They’ve tried a bit of this and a bit of that and hopefully, traveled plenty in the process.

In the writer Chris Ballard’s words, “According to a 2004 Gallup poll, only 50% of Americans say they are more than “somewhat satisfied” with their jobs. To expect a 22-year-old to get it right on the first try is unrealistic, if not constricting.

Expect less and, in the end, you may find more.”

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