A song came on at spin class Saturday morning and the chorus was exactly what I needed to hear, "follow what you love and you'll love what you do" (disclaimer: it may or may not have been a One Direction song). As most of you will know, I've been living and travelling in Australia for the past six months. I've been having the time of my life but I recently made a really tough and bittersweet decision to return home and pursue a Master of Sport Management this fall.
I think for anyone who knows me well, Sport Management is a given as a career for me. I'm a lifelong athlete and truly passionate about sports plus I love administration, coordinating, and I'm extremely organized. For some reason though, it took me a really long time to realize this is what I wanted to do with my life. I talked about "Consilience" months ago in one of our first posts on bronze & gold and how it brought me to my passion. Now I'm expanding on Chapter 3 and I've decided to pursue my ultimate career goals 100%.
I have friends buying cars, houses, having babies, getting married, and starting some really amazing jobs which makes it even harder for me to imagine going back to school and the student life, especially after 6 months in holiday mode. However, one of the most important things I've realized during the first half of my 20s is that you absolutely cannot compare your journey to anyone else's. It's ok that I'm 25, starting a second Masters, and have none of those things that some of my closest friends do.
Your 20s are for finding yourself and setting yourself up for your 30s. I've finally realized that I'm pretty darn lucky to have found exactly what I want to do and have the opportunity to pursue it. For anyone out there who is feeling a little lost on what they want to do, it's ok and completely normal. I've been there and it's tough! Be proud of yourself for wanting to build a life you love. My best tip comes from a diagram I found taped up on a coffee machine one of my first weeks in Melbourne.
You can use this as a format to brainstorm potential careers. For me, as soon as I combined what I love with what I'm good at, everything finally clicked! My dad always says that he hasn't worked a day in his life because he loves his job and that's exactly what I am striving for. We have so many years ahead of us to work. Plus our jobs affect our quality of life so much which is exactly why I'm a firm believer in carefully choosing our careers. It's ok to take your time in finding the right path for you because ultimately, a job you're passionate about is a major step towards living a life you love.
Lots of love,