We don’t always have to know what we’re aiming for or where we’re going in life. The unknown is a common thing to encounter on our way through life. But sometimes pressure from friends and family makes it seem like we always have to have a plan and be ready for the future. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to take your own path, even if you don’t know the way, because in life you are ultimately going to decide your direction, whichever direction it may be.
We typically see transition at a few distinct times in our lives. Teenagers are notorious for having fleeting wild ideas or no plans whatsoever at times. That’s okay because they usually figure it out. Midlife crises are another time when indecision comes about and paths can take a decidedly different turn. Again, we are allowed to muddle through this time with the understanding that we will right our boat in due time.
But what happens when we feel that we are in the wrong shoes or that we want to make a change in our lives for no particular reason? The decision is often met with scorn or judgement, full of the what ifs of the unknown. What I say is that it should be a common theme in life to question your direction and to take turns when you feel you should. We are here for a relatively short period of time and should be allowed, without feeling guilty or judged, to do what we feel is right.
A change in your life’s path shouldn’t be seen as a slight to the people around you or as a lack of responsibility, but as a statement of the fleeting nature of our lives and the necessity to grasp each moment in its fullness. We should be allowed to enjoy, change, and be free to choose with no judgement. No, we will not shirk our responsibilities, but we will have more confidence to forge ahead into the unseen and the unknown. And with that effort, we will create a world full of greater promise and creativity. We will feel a better connection to ourselves and the world around us. Just think of all the good that could come from reaching out of predictable lives to try new things and change direction. We should all become invigorated to make changes in our lives. Then we would see how amazing our collective future could be!