I don't know what I want to do with my life.
Growing up, I wanted to be a journalist or do research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both career aspirations were entirely different from each other, but both contained interests that encouraged my love of learning.
Writing became a passion because I loved seeing the reaction of my audience. I wanted to see what my audience thought of my writing. When I was writing fiction stories, I liked the idea of creating drama and fictional characters that my audience enjoyed.
When I was writing news stories, I loved being the source of information for my audience. From interviewing sources to finding information, writing the stories always provided a source of content in my life.
Then there's my love for the climate. During my junior and senior year in high school, I competed in the science fair. I found thrill in doing projects, writing papers and analyzing the numbers in front of me. Sure, my hypothesis was always wrong, but that was what made science fun.
The reason I didn't pursue a science was that I thought I was too dumb to be a geology or environmental science major at UT. I self-doubted myself, which caused me to focus on my journalism degree.
A year and a half from when I graduated and I have nothing to show. I haven't found what I want to do for the rest of my life. And to make matters worse, I have other passions that I can see myself working with in my professional career. From social media analytics to data science, I don't know what I want to do. I have plenty of passions, but I am too scared to turn those passions into a career.
A lot of questions arise when I am thinking of what I want to do with my life. Should I turn my interests into a full-time job? What if I don't succeed? What if I go back to school? What if I end up in a job I hate?
My thoughts are running through my mind right now as I think about what I can do to be happy professionally. The only thing I know about my future is that I want to be happy. All I can do right now is try to find jobs that match my interests and hope for the best.