It’s okay to be clueless

Kristen Tomins

      But seriously, it really is perfectly, totally, 110 percent fine to have absolutely no idea what you want to do, or what you are doing for that matter.

     In my four years of attending Hudson High School, I, personally, have had my highs and lows, and seen others at their best and worst. But, I think the biggest mistake people make is when they take everything too seriously. 

     Some people have everything figured out the moment they walk in the doors the very first day of their freshman year—what they want to be, what classes they want to take, and so on—good for them.

     Throughout my high school career I changed my mind about a million different things, a million different times, and while some made it seem like it was the end of the world, I found myself on the other end of the spectrum: being completely okay with meandering about my options.

     I’m graduating high school and attending Bowling Green State University in the fall, and I still am not totally sure of what I want to do with my life. 

     When I was in fourth grade I wanted to be a teacher. And then in seventh grade I wanted to be a marine biologist, simply for the fact that I thought swimming with dolphins (and getting paid to do it) would be really cool. Then in 8th grade I wanted to be an author.  

     Moving on into high school, I found myself very lost in the beginning. My freshman year I joined “The Explorer” newspaper staff, and I can honestly say it was   the best decision I have ever made in my high school career.

     Immediately after writing my first few articles I was so set on becoming a journalist. I took all the journalism classes, I wrote tons and tons of articles, and I paginated tons and tons of pages.

     It was up until the very middle of my senior year that I was back to being completely unsure, yet again. 

     A million questions run through your mind like, ‘Will I be able to get a job?’ or, ‘Will this pay enough for me to stay out of debt?’ and ‘Will I even be good at this?’

      I hate when people give cliché advice, but unfortunately I find myself giving it here (and I promise this is the only advice I will give throughout this entire piece): don’t waste any time doing nothing, and don’t worry too much about those pending questions. Put them away.

     Don’t waste time thinking about how you have no idea where you’re going. Even if you don’t have the slightest clue, go out and do something.  

     I just can’t stress enough that it is okay to not know what you want to do with your life; to me, it’s high school and you shouldn’t know exactly what you want to do just yet.

     If you commit yourself to only one idea, or one goal you are not doing yourself the justice of having a well-rounded high school career. 

     After all of the meandering, all of the pending questions, and the entire unknown, I find myself very fulfilled with what I accomplished in high school. 

     I am walking away with a valuable education, a cool senior t-shirt, just a couple pending questions, a handful of scholarships, and more importantly, an amazing experience with some of the most important people in my life.

     And even after all of those experiences, and all of the articles I have written, I still, to this day, truly believe, and I have never had any pending questions about it, think getting paid to swim with dolphins would be really, really cool.




2012-05-17 10:01:48