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24 Oct 2006
Bored out of my mind!!
Hi Doctor. I wonder if you could help me with my problem. As I'm growing older I am realizing the importance of being something, being somebody in life. It doesn't just help sitting around waiting for something to turn your life around, you have to go out and get it. So I sit with a problem, I know I am capable of studying, I want to be something, but I am such a dreamer, yes I admit it. I have all these ideas but no idea what to do with them. The one moment I want to be a teacher the next I want to be a photographer, the next I want to be a Graphic Designer. But there are too many choices. I just can't make up my mind. I'm a 26 year old female. I studied 6 years ago, but that's got me nowhere. All around me I find people moving overseas to greener pastures. My friends all study. Yes they live in this crap town but once they've qualified, they're probably also going to leave and what am I doing? I'm so scared that I wake up and wipe the cloud away from my eyes and realize I've done nothing with my life. Why is it that other people know what they want out of life? It's so easy for them. I can't find what I'm good at, I haven't found one thing I'm truly passionate about and it's killing me! Everybody I know is doing something they enjoy or are good at. What am I doing, sitting around wondering my life away! Everyone always underestimates me too. They don't ever think I'll accomplish anything. I want to prove them wrong, but wonder if I have it in me. I have no direction. Help!! I do know one thing though, and that is that I love animals and want to work with animals, but then again, animal welfare isn't exactly a well earning job. I need to take care of myself and know I can't get by doing what I love. That is why I am sitting in this dilemma! I look forward to your answer, because I'm going out of my mind.
Maybe see a psychologist for formal testing, of your interests and your aptitudes and abilities, to get realistic suggestions about your options ; then look into what they mean, in terms of what the work entails, and what studies and qualifications are needed beforehand. The psychologist can provide some counselling, too, to help you clarify your thoughts and make better decisions. Sometimes you can choose a field that earns well enought to support yourself, and take on a passion, like animal welfare, as a part-time volunteer.
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