How do you know your doing what you want to do in life and not just doing what is expect of you? Cuz I am still in school and working a mindless job. And I am wondering if this is how life is suppose to work. I feel like I am losing my spirt and that what I am doing their isn't any point. And even though I picked a career I still wonder if I picked the right one. If I made the right descion in getting a job. I won't lie, I feel really alone. Like I feel like I am chasing a fake dream that just won't happen. I think I am stuck in the rat race and I didn't want to begin their. If you were to ask me what I want from life. My answer is I want to be around nature and breath fresh air. I want adventure and I want something that makes me smile. But I don't have that luxury to live in an air like that. I apologies for the rant.
Most Helpful Guy
"I want to be around nature and breath fresh air. I want adventure and I want something that makes me smile."
I started college as a forestry major. That was more than 40 years ago. I ended up dropping in the first year and never got back to it (for reasons I won't go into). At the time forestry was one of the lowest paying professions there was. I didn't care though. Now forty years later, I think it was the right choice for me. I wanted to be outdoors, out in the forest. That was my thing, that was me.
I guess the point is, well I don't know what the point is. Personally it was the right thing for me. If you are drawn to the outdoors there are plenty of professions out there. Most don't pay well, so you have to set your priorities. You get paid in other ways. Fresh air, lots of trees, and a chill work place have value. For some people, living in a 700 sq ft home surrounded by thousands of acres of natures is more luxurious than the largest mansion.
Also, keep in mind that a lot of those jobs may not be what you think. Many are going to be with private industry. Like a lot of forestry jobs are with lumber companies. A lot of jobs in geology will be with mining or oil companies. But if you really want to work outdoors, there are plenty of careers out there.
Some don't require degrees either. Heck, if you really like to live in remote areas, you can find jobs in remote fire watch towers where you live for weeks at a time.
But to answer the question directly, you will never really know. Life often dictates our direction more than we dictate it. The trick is combining the two. It's about knowing yourself and what you want, combined with seeing opportunities and not hesitating too much to act on them.
There can be a lot of trial and error. It's not possible to know all the things available to us in life. We just have to make the best decision we can, and try it. Then make adjustments as we go.
Start now checking into a summer at a national park or something. It's a common thing for college students. A summer in Yellowstone or Glacier NP might answer all your questions.2
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My little brother is in high school (year 10) and I've taken him to course selections in which they ask "what area would you like to work in the future" I think asking any kid that age or around those year levels are quite ridiculous as they don't even know what they want to do yet. So they're picking courses in which doesn't have anything to do with what they might want to do in the future.
In your situation, you need to start somewhere before you get anywhere. Obviously not having that sort of financial stability to live your dreams is not something that you can get straight away (unless your parents are millionaires/billionaires, or you won the lottery) but in saying that, the job you may have now is probably fine (for now) you may end up knowing that you'd want to do a specific job in the near future and lean towards that. You have the money to do so (that's if you save up) and it'd be possible. Another thing you can do is use the experience you have (in this current job) and find a high paying job with the experience you already have acculmated. Which by then may even give you a closer touch to your dream.
Starting somewhere is like a start to having your dreams in reality. Just pan it out, work smart, save up, work hard.1