‘What do you want to be?’

For those of you reading that don’t know me too well, I am currently having a break from education and who knows if I’ll ever go back! I went to Uni last year and absolutely loved it, but I realised I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to go into.

The amount of time I have spent trying to work out what I want to be is crazy. I’ve brainstormed ideas, I’ve looked at course after course at different universities, but there isn’t just one individual thing that appeals to me – in fact, there any many things that appeal to me.

First of all, this question of ‘what do I want to be?’ insinuates that there is only one thing that you can do in life. This idea is where the pressure came from for me. I was thinking to myself ‘how the heck am I supposed to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life at this age?’.

So I soon started to challenge the preconceptions that I once had. I thought to myself, ‘What are all of the things I want to try in life?’ and as soon as I asked this, I had a million answers (…okay maybe not a million, but you catch my drift). I want to travel, I want to start acting classes, I want to start my own blog, I want to get myself into a good fitness routine, I want to eat at as many different restaurants as I can, I want to learn about as many different animals as I can, along with a list of other things. So actually, I do have an answer!

I once used to answer this question with a feeling of embarrassment and in an almost negative tone – ‘well actually I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, I don’t know what I want to be’. But this is complete nonsense! The reason I answered it this way was because of the way it is asked – as if there is only one thing made for me to do. When in fact, if we change the question to ‘What things do you want to do in life?’ then there are plenty of answers to give!

So next time someone asks me what I want to be, I shall state that actually I don’t know just one thing I want to be, I know lots of things that I want to do and achieve. And in fact the simple answer to the question of what I want to be, is to be happy. For me, happiness can be achieved by doing all of the things that are on my list.

I now don’t put pressure on myself to decide my one calling in life, instead I am doing my very best to try all of the things that I’ve ever wanted to try, and I will continue to broaden my horizons. I may not know that one thing I want to do, but for now, I’m happy being a part time working, drama loving, blog writing, animal loving 20 year old girl. I have a lot to give – we all do. So chase all of your dreams, and do whatever makes you happy because I think ultimately, that’s what we all want to be in life – so why not make that happen?

Love always, Grace x

P.S. John Green did a youtube video touching on this topic and it’s absolutely fab. For anyone interested, check it out here x


13 thoughts on “‘What do you want to be?’

  1. Choosing what you want to be can be a little mind boggling l, and also it can leave you with restricted options. You may enjoy a bit of everything but are left to focus on one.
    Since you mention travelling and food, and writing your blog, a particular subject did cross my mind, I hope you don’t mind me Shari g it with you to help you out. I studied English language and Creative writing and partly literature. I loved it and I wish I could go back and study literature more. What is more beautiful is with this degree, I can travel to other countries with flights, accommodation paid for plus a salary. There is a demand out their for English learning and with a degree specialising in English, many would love to hire you and offer jobs in various countries to simply teach English. It’s ideal to explore other countries, other cultures, faiths and food.

    If you enjoyed studying then it’s something I’d definitely look into again, and return to complete studies.

    All the best with what ever you choose Grace.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and offering me some advice ☺️ I really appreciate that. English literature does sound very appealing! My big brother actually studied it at university and I’ve seen the opportunities that he’s had since gaining his degree. It’s definitely something to consider ☺️ Thank you so much ☺️

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      1. My apologies and it’s my pleasure Grace, I see the fruits of learning English and I am always willing to help others need being. It was a pleasure, I thoroughly enjoy literature too and was so excited to sit in some classes during my studies.
        Yes very much so, English is something that is in demand, not just in UK, USA but overseas too and travelling is a bonus to go with it.

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  2. the pressure of what and who you want to be starts at an age which I think is way too young, when you’re 12 you already have to decide what direction you’re gonna take in high school (at least here). I myself included didn’t know what to choose, there’s is a great amount of things to study and basically what I did was choose the thing that I’d like to do most at that moment, not really thinking about a future job or anything.. I mean I was 15 what you want me to do! I JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN MOM AND DAD!! lol. when I was in high school I wanted to become chef cook, so I tried it at a restaurant (internship in the 3rd year of high school) and I actually liked cooking but I didn’t like the working hours and the holidays lol. Then I did the graphic school because it took my interest at that time and now I’m working in a graphic company for 6 years but I’m tired of the chaos at work, everyone is annoying which makes it hard for me to do the job right and I don’t see any fun in it anymore. so I decided to go back to school next year, photo academy 🙂 and I’m pretty excited 😀 you don’t have to stick to one job, there’s indeed millions of things you can do and you can try them all! and just do what you love at that moment in your life 🙂

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    1. This is so great to hear! I definitely felt a lot of pressure at school trying to decide on one thing to focus on, but I feel so great now that I’m trying lots of things that I’ve always wanted to do ☺️ Thank you so much for commenting, it’s lovely to know that I’m not the only one who’s felt like this ☺️ It sounds like you’ve done some really interesting stuff in your life, good luck for your new journey!😁

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