That’s right - “figure,” not “figured.” I've made a few noteworthy accomplishments in my career so far, but I'm still basically learning as I go, to be honest. Let’s get that straight in the first paragraph.
Sometimes it feels like the older I get, the more difficult questions I have to face. In particular, this one not-so-simple question:
“What should I do with my life?”
That question can be a real bitch. I’ll never forget my first existential panic attack – I was hanging at my best friend’s house during winter break freshman year, playing video games and being lazy, when all of life’s most difficult questions came out of fucking nowhere and drop-kicked me in the chest.
What’s the meaning of life?
What is the true nature of God and the Universe?
What is my reason for living?
Will I ever get to date a Texas cheerleader?
I actually called an ambulance to save me from what I thought was a heart attack (I ate a lot of greasy junk food back then. It made sense.). Fortunately the paramedics were cool about it, and we shared some laughs after I calmed down.
I’ll tell you something though – even with all these difficult questions I still face on a daily basis, I still manage to maintain a healthy level of optimism. This kind of uncertainty used to give me nasty anxiety, but nowadays I try to embrace it. It's oddly exciting not to know where I'll end up a year from now.
So as I was saying, career uncertainty can be pretty fun (when properly managed). Here’s a step by step framework of what I do to make the most out of a life of career uncertainty.