I started committing to this blog around April 2020 and it has been a road full of exciting possibilities since then. I am aware that in order to have an output, I had to make an input—read, listen, watch, feel.
And since then too, I learned so much from the comfort of my home than I ever did in my first year of university. The Internet completely changed how I view myself and the world. And it hasn’t been around for like 50 years???
And one of the best thing that I learned is its definitely okay to follow what’s interesting to you at the moment.
I always write about this in order to remind myself: It’s okay to not follow the desired path. Continue following your interests and desires. Continue doing your hobbies. Continue spending your free time from university on what YOU wanted to do, instead of what the society wants you to do.
And since having this mindset—on focusing on the work and not any career title—my future became less and less clear to me and that thought makes it even more exciting.
If someone (and I know someone will ask me sooner or later) where do I see myself in five years, I will honestly say, I don’t know.
I like overthinking about the future but I want to be at peace with myself and unapologetically state the truth that I don’t know and that’s okay.
Writing and reading has completely changed my life. And like I mentioned, when I started having my interests and desires as my compass, every day seems to be an adventure. I never know what I may find, what opportunities I will attract, what ideas I will receive, and people I will know of (recently, I discovered Ali Abdaal through one of my favorite authors—who I discovered just by following my interest too—Austin Kleon and god. why did I just knew him now?? Please do check his youtube channel thank you)
Last year, I never knew that I’ll start a personal blog nor a design blog. I never knew nor even dreamed of that I’ll be interested in human-centered design, study of play, creativity, and joy. But I did.
And this goes to show how unpredictable the future can be and hence, I will not stress myself out on trying to figure out what I want to do in the future and instead, be at peace with myself right now.
A few tips from the amazing Unjaded Jade (she got this tips from an incredible business woman she did not mention her name though):
1. Give yourself options.
And you do this by gaining lots of different skills i.e. following that most interests you right now and never minding whether its something related to a career or not. just do it. Then move on to the next interesting thing you find.
2. Put effort into everything that you do.
So now you followed the interesting things, next thing is of course, the work. Make sure you learn through this experience. Make every day count.
Lastly, if you do have a plan for the next five years, that’s great! I love how you plan things out. I see you.
But for me, although I do not have exactly a five year plan, I do have values. Values, hobbies, interests, and desires that will lead the way for me as I go on to these unpredictable life.