Growing up can be an extremely difficult and extremely stressful thing. Every day I’m slowly creeping closer to my eighteenth birthday and it not only scares me, but it also stresses me out!
Already I’m feeling the pressures of everything else and it seems that many times I’m hearing this from many people:
‘Get a job.’ , ‘Graduate high-school’, ‘Get your drivers, buy a car.’, ‘Plan for college. You need to land yourself a good career’ and the list goes on. Any of these sound familiar? Something you’ve heard before? Dare I even mention politics and being old enough to vote?
I was thinking about this the other day and discussing it with my mother and we both agreed that too much pressure (when it comes to college and our futures) there is way too much pressure on Teenagers to decide right away what they want to do for the rest of their life. At seventeen and a half years of age I still don’t know what I want to do…Forcing me to choose something so quickly so I can go right to college could cause me to be unhappy with my choice and it could very well be a waste of time and money. The thing is, you don’t have to decide right away. And what is the decision you’re making based on? What you feel like you should do? What you are feeling pressured to? Or is it what you want to do? And more importantly what God wants you to do?
I’m trying to decide what I want to do for college and I have a couple courses I want to do and both will take my life in two different decisions and the big questions in my mind are this:
1. What do I want to be doing?
2. Will this course/class be useful to me five years in the future? Ten?
3. Do I even want to go to college? Why or why not?
4. Will this take me in the direction God wants me to go?
If I am forced to pick what I want to do what if I pick something wrong or something I’m not entirely happy with but am feeling pressured into?
Yes, being an adult does come with loads of responsibility but its also okay to take you time and think and pray about your decision before you go to college its not necessary for this to happen: ‘Oh, I’m just graduated. Time to go to college.’
Something people don’t always tell you is that its okay to take your time to make life changing decisions and to figure out what you want to do with your life.