No matter how you define a young adult, I definitely fall within those margins. So it should come as no surprise that I don’t know what to do with my life. I’m sure you can relate. Unless you were actively pursuing your future career from the age of ten, you’d start feeling the same thing as soon as you hit your twenties.
Worse still, I’ve been told the feeling never really goes away. Our parents’ generation dealt with it by settling into mundane jobs and unsatisfactory marriages immediately upon graduation. But we know that’s not the only way to deal with this. So what else can we do?
Well, I’ve scoured the internet for tips that could help us all figure out how to get our lives in order.
Things I Can Do Even When I Don’t Know What to Do With My Life
If you’re not sure what you want to do with your life, here are some steps you can take to get the ball rolling.
1. Work on Your Health
If you’re a new graduate, you probably have a list of health concerns you’ve been ignoring while you were cramming for your finals. So that’s where I recommend you start.
Visit your dentist, schedule a check-up with your GP, and get in touch with your therapist. Alternatively, you can start small by clearing up an area in your room and following a few yoga tutorials. Once you commit to your health, devoting yourself to other opportunities should be easier.
2. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
You should always push yourself to reach new horizons, whether that involves traveling or just soul-searching. The simplest and cheapest way to do it would be to try a hobby you’ve always been curious about. Even if you don’t miraculously find your life’s purpose in it, you’ll at least have a new skill. If nothing else, you’ll have a few fresh wounds to prove that embroidery just isn’t your thing.
3. Meet New People
Usually, when I feel like I’m in a rut, I quickly realize that I’m just feeling lonely. Most people just give in to that feeling or make a passing attempt to reconnect with old friends. But there are ways to make some new friends, even in adulthood. Coincidentally, that’s another thing hobbies are good for!
4. Brainstorm Ideas
Determine what you need and want in your life and how you can get it. It can come down to the simplest things.
Do you need money? Get it by cashing in on one of your skills.
Do you want a relationship? Download a dating app, or hit the bar scene.
When you really think about it, none of our problems are too difficult to solve; you just need to have a plan.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Veer From the Charted Path
There’s something to be said about people who pursue their dreams with bull-headed determination. But remember — your career doesn’t have to be your life’s purpose.
I know that’s hard to accept in this era of hustle culture, but it’s OK to look at your job purely as a source of income. Don’t be afraid to look for your calling in your hobby, family, or something else altogether.
All We Can Do Is Our Best
So what if I don’t know what to do with my life? We already know that most people have no clue what they’re doing, either. Well, the best we can do is keep moving forward — and try out a few of the tips I’ve suggested in the meantime.