Everywhere you go, there is always somebody asking, “What do you want in life?”. Some people know what they want. From knowing what they will have for dinner every night, to where they want to get married, to how many kids someone wants, to where they want to live and work, etc. Then you have others who do not know what they want in life, and that is okay.
People focus too much on the future instead of focusing on what is happening right now. I feel like that is why many younger adults are stressed.
We grow up thinking about what we want to be in the future, and that gets us thinking about everything else like marriage, kids, housing, dinner, work, and whatever else.
I fell in love with writing at age six and just wanted to be a writer because that is all I have ever known. I stuck with writing because I rather have a job I love rather than a job I hate. Do I know what I want to write? No. Do I know where I would like to work? No. Do I know where I want to be five years from now? No. The only thing I worry about is that maybe I will not succeed or that I will not be genuinely happy, which is why I choose to live for now and worry about the future later.
You are probably thinking, well, that is dumb but think in this perspective. Plans change because life gets in the way. Maybe you wanted to live in your dream home that you saved up for, but your spouse or family member gets sick, and the only way you can afford to give them help is by using your savings. Maybe you wanted to go to the Olympics but broke a leg. Or maybe, you wanted five kids but were only able to have three.
What happens to your feelings when things do not go the way you planned? You get disappointed and unhappy. When you plan things out for your life, you are setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. You forget about all the things you wanted to do. You forget about having fun and creating memories or enjoying what is right in front of you.
So go to that music festival in Austin, TX. Explore the world and do all the things you have on your bucket list. Go to lunch with your parents, grandparents, whomever. Learn from your experiences and live for today because tomorrow is not promising. Neither is a month from now or a year from now. Do the things that make you happy and humble, and live for your life, not anybody else’s. The future can wait.