What annoys me about people and society is that they both expect you to stay the same throughout life. If someone decides to switch careers in their thirties, it is frowned upon. Why is this? Why is it that when someone develops a new interest, they are seen as crazy or weird?
We are taught in school at a very young age to pick a career path, take classes that reflect your career goal and to just "stick with it". We apply to college and are forced at the very young age to pick a major and stick with it. Often times, people feel pressured to stay in their major or else they will be seen as 'lost' or 'not knowing what they want'. I mean, how many people do you know that are currently working in the field they majored in?
It can be disheartening as a child to feel pressured to conform to what your family, teachers and society thinks you should do. Perhaps this is why so many people in the U.S. struggle with depression. Many even suffer in silence -- in the black community, there is still a stigma when it comes to mental health and depression.
I was at my cousin's house and saw that she had a poster in her room that read "Don't grow up. It's a trap."
It's so true. I feel like the people who 'grew up' are miserable.
I believe that life is already hard as it is so I want to stay as child-like as possible -- dreaming, using my imagination and exploring.
I feel like my generation has made significant strides in not conforming to what our parents or society deems as the right way to do things but we still have a ways to go.
I am going to make it my responsibility and teach my kids that they never have to take the safe route or pick a career because they think it will make me happy.
I want my unborn kids to know that people change and evolve and should never stay the same.
It's ok to fall in and out of love with things you thought you were passionate about.
It's ok to have multiple titles and interests.
It's ok to take the unconventional route.