I can’t even count the number of scenarios that have been played out in my head over the years, all those pathways that could have led to a very different life. Even though I’ll never be able to experience all these different scenarios, I can’t wait to see where my decisions and luck will take me.
Although it may stress or overwhelm some people to think about the future, I just can’t seem to stop. Maybe it’s my overactive imagination or the recent decisions I have been reflecting on that triggered this constant daydreaming and pondering. Whatever it was, I just can’t help but be excited by the knowledge that my future could range from ‘similar’ to ‘completely different’ than what I ever imagined, and the uncertainty of not knowing is just so alluring.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a writer/lawyer/footballer. That quickly turned into a mystery novelist/ homicide detective/ criminology major. Most of you are lying if you didn’t have a ‘homicide detective’ phase! Currently, I’m aiming to be a writer or amateur director. What thrills me though, is that I could have an epiphany in a couple (or even in 20) years and decide that what suited me all along was to be an astrophysicist. I love that my life is mine and I have the freedom to mould it into something unique; something special which is my own and makes me happy!
Lately, I’ve been noticing that many people around me don’t have a clue as to what they want to be doing in 5-10 years, which is perfectly fine, but since I’ve always had a certain goal and have always gone in a certain direction, I have to be honest and say that I can’t really relate. However, the way I see it, we are all building something, a house for example. Some of us have already started. We’ve found our bricks, our cement, we’ve even been provided with the money necessary (but that is a different topic altogether). There are still some others who haven’t started building yet, they are still designing the house or searching for the perfect bricks. There is nothing wrong with that since building a house isn’t a competition about who is going to finish first! What matters more than anything is that you build a home that is sturdy and right for you so that you can be proud and happy to live in it.
My point is, if you have a future in mind which you love, then work hard to achieve it, but know that nothing will turn out exactly the way you planned it in your head. If you don’t know what your passion is then don’t rush yourself into something that you convinced yourself is the only right path. What is the point of having a house if it’s just going to crash and burn, leaving you with nothing all over again? For those of you who have so many options and don’t know which way to go (been there, done that) know that you can always have hobbies, even if a career is something that you will possibly dedicate a large part of your life to. Just make sure you pick something that makes you happy and that you can’t imagine yourself not doing!
About the author:
My name is Louisa Vichou and I’m a 14 year old aspiring writer who loves painting, pretty much all sports, singing and piano. However, (like all the greats) I have an arch-enemy... maths!