I am a firm believer in doing what makes you happy, but sometimes it’s much easier said than done. What we do for a living is a huge contributor to our level of happiness considering most of our time is spent working. Believe it or not, I began working at 11 years old. Yes 11, and I have been working my butt off ever since.
Shortly after graduating college, I was filling out a profile on one of those job websites. I was eager to start my career, but I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do. When I came to a question regarding my willingness to travel, my answer was Yes! Absolutely! 100% of the time! After completing the profile, I began searching for available jobs. I remember only applying to jobs that had a lot of travel, even though I was nowhere near qualified. Then I moved onto the airline websites. After all, my back up plan was becoming an airline attendant and traveling the world. My heart was absolutely crushed when I learned I didn’t meet the height requirement. Somehow, I even ended up on the US Air Force website, and I honestly considered joining, but that’s a whole other story.
Looking back, even though I thought I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, it’s quite clear to me now that I knew I always wanted to do something with travel. Meanwhile, it took me basically my entire life to realize that. Why couldn’t I see this then? Sometimes we are so focused on trying to figure things out that we are completely blind to what is literally right there in front of us. Sometimes, you’ll never see it unless something forces you to look at things a bit differently. For me, it was like the universe picked me up and threw me into the middle of the ocean and said sink or swim and avoid getting eaten by sharks! I’m grateful for the universe forcing me to find my path. That said, I think if I would have spent more time back then being true to myself and figuring out what I really wanted out of life, then maybe I would have found my path much sooner. If I could go back to that day I spent applying for jobs, I would have asked myself one and only one question:
WILL THIS MAKE ME HAPPY?