15 Awesome Things About Not Knowing What You Want To Do With Your Life

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1. You wake up every day with the possibility that today is the day that you’re going to figure it out. And that doesn’t mean you have to figure it all out. But you can start each day knowing it could always be the day that you develop a hunch about what it is you’re meant to do.

2. You still have a sense of wonder about your life. While it is hard when you feel unsure about the path that you’re on, it’s also exciting knowing that you have no idea what’s going to happen next.

3. You’re more curious about the world than you realize. Subconsciously, you know that everywhere you look is a chance for you to potentially discover your life’s calling. It can make even the most casual trip to run errands something exciting and interesting.

4. You tend to be open to things a lot more. It’s fun to meet new people, go to events you would never go try, pick up books you may not have normally looked at. You’re looking for help and guidance, and there’s nowhere you’re afraid to look.

5. Being confused and restless and uncertain is better than being bored. You feel a sense of curiosity and a strong desire to keep striving towards that thing that’s going to be your thing, as opposed to feeling like you’re leaving a mundane, empty life.

6. You have the answer right at your fingertips. Sure, it’s probably not going to come to you in an instant of clarity. But you at least have all the resources you need to understand where your place is in the world. With the internet, an infinite amount of books, and a number of people you can be in contact with at the touch of a button, you have plenty of people and things that are waiting to give you the guidance that you need.

7. People honestly want to help. When you just learn how to start asking, and how to start telling people you need help, you’ll find that there are more people out there than you’d ever expect that are happy to help you, whether it’s sharing just a couple pieces of advice, all the way to sharing a connection that may help you find your dream job.

8. You realize that you don’t have to get all of your fulfillment from your job. Many lucky people out there do find that their career gives them an incredible sense of fulfillment. But not knowing what you want to do also means you have the opportunity to learn that things like developing new hobbies, doing service of some sort, going back to school, starting a family, or just following your passions one way or another, can be just as beneficial in terms of leading to a fulfilling life.

9. Monotony is not usually part of your everyday life. You’re too distracted with trying to learn and explore and figure out to have any time for tedium.

10. The idea of “what could be” can be exhilarating and inspiring. Not knowing what you want to do makes you feel like you still have a lot to do. It keeps you active and engaged and ready to keep taking things on.

11. There never has to be an “end point.” It’s not like you have to reach one goal and then stop trying to do anything with your life. You know that reaching one end point means you just get to move on to the next thing on your list.

12. You understand that whatever it is you want to do might continue to change, or at least develop into something a little bit different than you originally expected. You’re not completely set on the idea of your life turning out one specific way, and you’ve started to learn how to be flexible with whatever life throws at you.

13. You’ve come to learn that there doesn’t have to just be one thing that defines you forever. Your life is not about achieving one thing and then basing your entire existence and self-identity around that.

14. …Rather, your life is about how you behave, who you meet, what you learn, and how you become the person that you are when you’re on the journey of trying to figure out the meaning of your personal existence on this earth.

15. And when you finally do start figuring things out, you appreciate it a whole lot more after going through everything that you have been through to get here. TC mark

Kim Quindlen

I'm a staff writer for Thought Catalog. I like comedy and improv. I live in Chicago. My Uber rating is just okay.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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