Some of your friends may seem to have it together and to be doing everything right. The truth is that they don’t know any better than the rest of us what the future holds. No one course of action is right for everyone. Having a firm idea of your path forward doesn’t make you unimaginative, and having no clue doesn’t make you aimless. Either way can be the beginning of a rich, fulfilling life…as long as you keep your spirits up along your journey.
In the short run, that journey may be littered with graduate job application rejection letters, revisions of your CV, and skimpy pay stubs. Those aren’t signs of defeat. They’re badges of honour, trophies of the hard work that goes into building a happy life. And they’re great fodder for the stories you’ll tell down the line.
Most of us will be doing something significantly different in a dozen years from what we’re doing now. When you find it difficult to keep your chin up, remember that your goals define you, not your current circumstances. You alone can decide whether a setback or a stretch in the doldrums takes your eyes off the prize.