by Steven Vukaj, Product Specialist
In a society where you are constantly told to push forward and do your best at all times, it can become exhausting. We notice the high achievements people around us attain, whether it’s someone receiving a high grade on an exam, someone getting their dream job offer, or even starting a non-profit organization focused on helping the less fortunate. We look at people who do great things and feel happy or proud of them, but we may also become jealous, envious, or at times, even depressed. You may even think to yourself, “what am I doing wrong, why can’t I be like that person?” Thoughts like these are valid to oneself. It is normal to have feelings of desperation, when all around you, you feel as though you’re behind everyone else.
It is important to remember, though, that some, if not all, of these people may have been in your shoes as well. They might have noticed someone excelling and wished that could be them too. When you’re in this mindset, it can become debilitating and hurting. You must remind yourself to go at your own pace. Some of us may not complete a college degree in four years, we may not get into our top choice college, and we may not have the motivation just yet to apply for that internship that will guide us towards our future careers. Remember that it is ok.
Those of you that are reading this are perhaps young in age, ranging from a high schooler to a college student. At this age, you may feel as though you need to have your life figured out already, down to the last detail of where you want to work, what you will do as your career, and perhaps much more. These things are not meant to be definite and set in stone. As time progresses, you will learn more about yourself and realize you do not need to have it all figured out yet. Find what is enjoyable to you, and do not feel as though you must live to the same standards as everyone else's. It is never too late to change your mind on things, and figuring out new interests and career paths you want to follow.