It’s OK to not have a plan

It's OK to not have a plan - cup of tea - www.justemmi.comHello friends. I haven’t written an ‘It’s OK’ post in a while and I thought it was about time to get this one down on paper – well blog post.

If you had told me three years ago that I would be working for UNILAD during the day, running a blog during the night and working on a load of side projects – I would have basically told you to do one.

Despite being a very organised person with a Plan A, B through to Z I have never had a clue about what I wanted to do career wise.

During my childhood I went through the whole ‘I want to be a doctor’ phases because I would watch Casualty with my Mum. Then I wanted to do drama and go to acting college… probably a good idea I gave up on that after pretty much failing my Drama GCSE.

I ended up winging my A Levels and when the time came to apply for university, I kinda winged that as well.

Now before my family read this and kill me let me say that I knew I wanted to go to uni, I just had no idea what to study, or where to go for that matter.

Never in my life would I have thought about Journalism before 2013. God I didn’t even watch the news let alone know anything about it. But somehow I go into university, studied journalism for three years and here I am. Ta Dah!

But even with a degree and full-time job under my belt I still don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know where I want my career path to take me in the future but I’m actually ok with that.

There is so much pressure on young people to know what job they want in their 30’s before they even sit their GCSE’s at age 16. We put strain on time and decisions which leads to us not making very good ones. This is why I wanted to write this post.

Our lives constantly involve planning. Planning our education and career path, planning our family life, planning what we’re going to have for dinner. Planning for our retirement.

We expect children to know what job they want in the future when we don’t even know what jobs there will be when that time comes. Heck, nobody I knew growing up thought YouTuber, Blogger and Social Influencer would be job titles let alone something you could do full-time to pay the bills.

Our society and world is changing and allows us to do so much more today than it did when our Grandparents were growing up. We rarely stick with the same job for the whole of our lives. You can now change career paths within days. Start your own business in minutes.

Just because you don’t know what you want to do in life doesn’t mean you’re not organised or grown up. You don’t need to have all the answers right now and you shouldn’t feel like you need them ready at your fingertips.

I’ve always been one for a nice bullet pointed plan but something I’ve learnt is you can’t plan life. You just have to live it. So don’t worry if you don’t have a plan. The chances are neither does anybody else. We are all secretly winging it, including me.

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4 thoughts on “It’s OK to not have a plan

  1. I think everyone is so focused on what they want to be as a kid that they forget to just try new things. I was so set on being a writer that so got angry when I discovered I loved doing more than that. So then I decided to shape my future career around all of my interests! Love this post!

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