It's Okay to Change Your Mind

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If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
— Maya Angelou

Lately, I feel as though my mind has been changing at a mile a minute. Just when I think I have everything figured out, I realize that I couldn’t be further away from feeling settled. The scary, yet wildly exciting thing is that it’s completely okay. I am a born planner and absolutely love making to-do lists and feeling like my life is on track, but really what is on track? Whose track am I following? I think that everyone has their life path and so there is not a track set out to follow in the first place.

While there are many things I have been thinking about lately, one of the biggest things has been my career. From a young age, I wanted to be so many different things, a teacher, lawyer, fashion designer, interior decorator, wedding planner, financial planner (parents had a bit of influence on that one), and finally a content marketer. I really enjoy what I’m doing right now, but what I’ve been struggling with is figuring out what I want my career path to look like. What should my next step be? What opportunities for growth should I be looking for?

I think that in previous generations, people would pick one job and stay with the same company for their entire 30-year career. Now, I think that isn’t the norm anymore, and I think that it’s good! Working with a dynamic group of people who come from different backgrounds and companies have a unique perspective on the business issues a company is facing. Not only that, but sometimes doing one thing for the rest of your life and staying in one place can feel very stagnant.

I like challenges, learning new things, and working with different people. What I’m trying to do is not necessarily figure out a step-by-step career plan, but more so think strategically about what my interests and skills are, and how I can make an impact. The planner-self in me is also trying to release some control of needing to figure everything out right away.

The thing is, I may want something for my future right now based on who I am today, but I know that I’ll change by the time I get to that point and I may decide I want something else. I think that each job and company brings different lessons and allows you to discover what you would like in another role and what you won’t.

The bottom line is, don’t be afraid of change. We all evolve, and it’s okay if the things we thought would be what we want aren’t. There’s not a set path to follow, carve your own!