Did anyone else here go into a panic when they were asked this? I'm now 40 and it still sends me into a state on anxiety when I feel I have to decide what I want to do.
In fact I end up doing nothing because I love so many completely different things! If I choose one path, then I feel all other paths are closed to me forever! (It really does feel like that in my head!)
My work career so far has been so diverse it's incredible.
At school I wanted to be a vet, then because I was good at (and loved) maths and physics I decided to be an engineer, the opportunity to take part in an apprenticeship with a huge petrochemical company meant I left school a year early to train to be an electrician, 4 years later I was kept on at the company but I decided to work in the research department running tests on mini plants as an operator, then again I shifted position and retrained as an instrument technician. Whilst in this job I studied part-time BEng Electrical Engineering. So already I had retrained 4 times!
Yes its true. I'm a course-aholic!
I absolutely LOVE learning new skills.
Eventually, however, there were a large number of redundancies with the company. HUGE number. I was lucky and wasn't chosen to leave, however, the fact that I very quickly realised we were all just numbers didn't sit well with me. I didn't want anyone having that sort of control over my life. I didn't want to worry that if I lost my job I could be left unable to pay a mortgage. So I volunteered to take redundancy. It wasn't something I thought about for a long time, the idea came to me and 2 days later, after discussing with my husband, I spoke to my manager. It was time for me to move on.
I fell pregnant a few months later, whilst still working (had a year to wait before I actually left my job) I finished my degree, but knew I would be unlikely to ever actually use it.
Initially, whilst pregnant, I thought I could do child minding, since I was going to have my own child anyway, but 1st baby came along and nope, I was way out my depth here, no way could I have looked after other kids too. And so my next learning opportunity came along, motherhood!! And then being a parent to 2 beautiful daughters when number 2 child was born. So so much to learn!!!
I finally started to look back into owning and running my own business again. Dabbled in a few things, selling baby items on ebay, items I was bulk buying at discount from various companies, I considered maths tuition, book keeping, eventually started working with a health food multi level marketing company. I loved this!!!! I loved the supportive culture and the learning, the health products, which I still use today, but I only lasted a couple of years before burning out. It was during this time I was told about the Law Of Attraction, I was fascinated, I was learning about something that really pulled me in and I read several books on it. When I hit burnout with this company, I pretty much stopped everything: although I still had that understanding of the Law Of Attraction.
Then I had baby number 3, my beautiful baby boy x
My next business was one I stuck with and currently still do. Tans & Lashes. Spray tanning and eyelash extensions. This quickly grew to me learning to be a teacher, then I began writing my own training courses, developing my own lash brand, distribution. As much as I have worked within this industry now for almost 6years, it has changed focus several times, I have learnt many different skills, in very different areas.
Recently I have cut this business back to clients and education only and am also pursuing my new passion. I've spent the last year getting heavily into Law Of Attraction, Self Healing, Crystals, various Universal Laws, tuning into and trusting my intuition, improving my self worth. I'm pretty sure this something that will keep me going for a very long time as there are so many things I'm passionate about here.
For now I am listening to my body and just following what feels right to me.
The exciting thing about having so many interests and not staying with one thing is that what I learn in one subject may help me to improve things within another subject. The overlaps can be where the magic happens! And.... I get to figure out what I love doing! (and what I don't so much like doing)
Are you like me? Have you been struggling to find your one purpose in this world? I always believe our purpose is ultimately to be happy. So whatever makes you happy is the way to go.
"Only make choices that are loving and kind to you"
- Christie Marie Sheldon
Watch the video below, it may help you.