Some thoughts on the future

Written by Alexis Hartline
March 23, 2017

It’s that time of year again— when we develop anxiety over the future and all that it holds.

For some of us, graduation is in a few short weeks, and the pressures of adult life are weighing down on us. We ask ourselves, “What if I can’t find a job?”, or “Where will I live?”. Others of us may not be quite done with our college education, but we still carry our own share of burdens. Maybe some are struggling to pass a class required for them to proceed in their major. Others are asking if the major they are currently in is the right one for them. Regardless of our particular struggle may be currently, we all share one common thing— we want to know what will happen, and we want answers to these tough questions.

Life is not always comfortable. In fact, life has a funny way of being consistently uncomfortable. Sometimes we find ourselves at a dead end or a crossroads. No matter what stage you are at in life, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to how to proceed, then you need to reevaluate what you’re doing.

When I was in high school, I remember thinking that I had to pick a career with which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task! How do you know what is going to 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 “High School Musical”? And then I found myself in college, repeatedly switching my major. I went from Graphic Design, to Psychology, to Social Work, and finally, after taking a year off to be a student missionary, I settled with teaching English! What a change, right?

You cannot determine what will make you happy five years from now. However, you can realize what makes you happy now and if your current state in life isn’t it, then you might need to move on. Don’t be afraid to go and take classes or try things you think might be interesting. If you find that you don’t like the class or workshop, then cross that off your list. Life is about trying things and realizing what you don’t want to be when you “grow up.”

Remember, we have no idea what is coming next. It is a scary thing, but it can also be a very liberating realization when we can pause and say “This too shall pass”.

So take some time today to stop and pause. Pray, listen and evaluate what your life at the moment. The most important thing to remember when trying to figure out what do with your life is that taking no action is an action in and of itself. You must make decisions and try things — even if you end up hating them or wanting to do something else. At the end of your life, you will not regret the things you took chances with, even if you found you didn’t like them, but you will regret never trying at all.