I have struggled with the “what should I do with my life” question for years. I went from finance, to divinity and now social work (with elements of divinity). I always felt like I should know. I think that’s what society teaches us. We should know by 18 what we want to do with our lives because we will be at this one job until we retire, so choose wisely. Most people don’t know because we haven’t experienced a whole lot, nor do we know enough about various things to choose accordingly. Not too mention, we change. And we change often.
My struggle led to many frustrated days and feeling as if I was not where I was “supposed” to be in life. I found myself making comparisons with others in my head and feeling as if I was floundering around like a fish out of water. It’s not easy to so incomplete at times. But at times I did. The only thing that got me through was the encouragement I received from others and my growing faith, not only in God, but in myself. I fought hard for my confidence to grow and for me to be open to all the wonderful things I was created with, instead of focusing on faults and flaws. I fought hard for me. I followed leadings every time I was aware (you know, the feeling you have when you know you should try something you haven’t done, were avoiding or scared to do. I like to call it my God-tuition – I make up stuff all the time). And I took risks, even when I was afraid or anxious. But this has been a long time coming. My journey has been one that has lasted about ten years. As frustrated as I was at times, I had to be patient and put in work. And I had to be true to myself despite any negative/ joking comments people said or any I said to myself. I had to believe that there was something greater for me if I would just persist. Being patient is not fun, but it is a requirement for all the really great things we’ll experience (like a great career or love). And I’m thankful that patience has paid off.
My new journey entails be beginning a career in the Mental Health field. I’ve learned that I like clinical work, specifically therapy and counseling. I also like spirituality – how we use it and how it grows us (however we define it). I will soon begin a position as a counselor/therapist. I’m excited about what that means for me, and wonder where my career will be in another ten years. But you know what? I guess I’ll just have to be patient.
What’s been your experience with your career journey and being patient? Are you where you want to be? Have you felt any divine promptings during your journey?