What are the life goals for a 27 year old woman supposed to be now? I’ve been asking myself this a lot lately.
When we’re younger, we have goals of what we’ll be when we grow up – a firefighter, a doctor, a pilot, or in my case, a kangaroo. When we’re a bit older than that, we have goals for school grades and university acceptance, to buy a car and for when to move out of our parents’ house and so on. A bit older than that, it’s find a job, then find an actual decent job, then buy a house (or rent, whatever). But what if you’ve done all those things already? Then what?
Well, I skipped over a bunch. I never really went to university, I didn’t get my driver’s license until later than most, I didn’t care about boyfriends, etc. But long story short, I did the major ones – I finished school, I got a job, then a better job, I bought a (town)house. And I even have a boyfriend to boot. Awesome.
So now what am I supposed to do? Career goals? What does that even mean anymore, to have a “career goal”? Is it a particular job title, a role, a promotion, a certain salary in mind, or switching careers entirely. I don’t even know what I want. I like my job, sure, and I can picture doing it for a very long time, but in a nonlinear career path like mine in the creative/marketing sphere, what is the next rung of the ladder? Am I supposed to leave my small firm for a big one? I like this small firm. And as for following my intuition – well, where is that bitch nowadays, huh?
Don’t even get me started on the issue of career vs. children. I am not sure what to think about that yet (mostly because I don’t have kids), but somehow I think it’s still rather impossible to have it all… I’d love some opinions on this from career-driven mamas out there.
I do not feel in control of my life. How can I create goals when I feel I have no control over accomplishing them? This is what I’ve been wondering lately. I assume this is typical of most 20-somethings… Probably everyone, really. How do you cope with such crazy worries in your head? Or, unlike me, do you have your life goals all figured out?