Written by: Simone Glassom- Pick
It’s mayhem, choose your subjects, know your path, find a job your school career is ending and you MUST know what you are doing. Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram, parents, teachers, peers, career expos, work experience opportunities aaaaaaaaaaahhhh.
“It’s all too much” Charlie muttered “I have no clue what my PASSION is or what I want to do or study MY BRAIN IS EXPLODING!” The problem for Charlie was not only making the choices but the additional stresses that those created. Tertiary education meant a financial burden and the stress of getting it right, knowing that this was it, a chosen life path was just too much. Not knowing made Charlie feel lost, self-confidence a thing of the past. “I don’t know myself. Where is that upbeat happy, self-assured person, that used to be me?”
Beep, Beep “Oh NO!! Now I am being bombarded by more terrifying information. To add to my issues the job I choose now may not even exist in a few years, it may be done by a robot, my job replaced by artificial intelligence. Now what?” Charlie groaned, as did the rest of the crowd of equally disillusioned school leavers.
“Hey, what you all looking so downhearted for?” Sam said walking up to the group, relaxed and happy. “Why aren’t you feeling the pressure?” “Aren’t your parents asking you to decide on your future?” “Have you been in class lately?” the group exploded.
“I am excited!!” Sam said. “Life is a huge adventure, the choice I make today is not going to be carved in stone, it is what is right for me now, in the world as it stands now. What I choose to learn or study now will always add to who I am and give me a knowledge base to work from. It will never be a waste. It’s a good start in the direction I am going right now. I cannot possibly know what my options are going to be in two years or five years’ time.”
“The world is different now and you don’t have to think of your career choice as a life choice. In fact, you can’t. Think about it. How many times have you had to make alternate plans?”
The group suddenly came alive and they all shared stories of different times in their lives where they have had to adjust or go with the flow. “Don’t you remember that time that we spend all week planning the weekend and wanted it to be just right and how disappointed we were when we couldn’t get a ride to the venue? We ended up going to another great event instead and all agreed it was for the best and were glad that we hadn’t let it get us down but just figured out a new plan.” “My Dad told me of his big OE and how they made all these plans to travel in a certain direction when suddenly other opportunities came up and the direction they were going actually wasn’t going to work out so they changed their plans and had an amazing time”
Sam smiled at them. “Exactly! I am looking forward to seeing how my journey pans out. I have been learning a lot about myself, who I am and what my purpose is right now and I know I will be able to take that knowledge and repeat the process again and again. We will all have to do that. I have learnt so many new things on the side trip I took to help me figure out my career path have gained so much self-confidence and a new perspective of what is possible. I can breathe knowing that when the path I choose is no longer right I have the ability to reassess and seamlessly change careers. It’s just like learning to ride a bike, once you know how you can do it any time you like.”
The penny dropped! The group was excited and the mood was electric and filled with enthusiasm; the ideas flowed freely. “Life is no longer the same, it is totally a big journey and an adventure.” “It’s actually pretty awesome!” “Wow I feel so much better like a weight is lifted off my shoulders when I think of it that way!” “Hey we can do this!”
“Yup” Sam giggled “don’t let this process scare you, our ‘Liventure’ is just beginning. We just have to look at it differently”
“We know that we have been able to change direction all our lives in different ways and challenged ourselves to learn to do new things all the time. So actually, this may seem a big deal but it’s actually no different” Charlie grinned.
Sam smiled, sharing this information and giving them a new outlook had really helped the others. “So now you get it. Once you go through the process once and learn the tools to assess the right path for you right now, you will live your life as you should in our future world—seeing career choice and change as a normal part of life, just a part of an exciting ‘Liventure’.
I am going to blog and document the journey of creating 1000 Ripple Effects across the world.