I grew up during a time where it was expected for you to pick a vocation and stick with it for the rest of the life of your career. So when I started falling out of love with the direction of my career I was a little perplexed. I worked really hard to become an attorney, my student loans will agree. But for some reason it wasn’t enough. I don’t dislike being a lawyer, it’s just not completely fulfilling. There is an ever growing disconnect between who I am and the industry I work in.
Would I turn back the hands of time? No. I am grateful for my journey because without it I wouldn’t be who I am today. I have learned valuable lessons. But having to pivot away from a comfort zone was not simple mentally and practically either. The hardest part was divorcing who I thought I was going to be and embracing who I am meant to be now. And the funny thing is that may change again. I am learning to be flexible and open about where my purpose takes me. As you might recall on my New year’s Eve Blog Post, my word for the year is multidimensional. I never want to be defined by just one thing or one role I play in my life. There is so much more to me and my story.
But when did I have the aha moment? It was at the tender age of 32 lol and I didn’t start really acting on it until I was 34 years old. I was well into my 30’s before all the light bulbs went off. But, I didn’t let my age scare me away from progress. At this point I am almost out of my 30’s but I am even more fearless. I am just getting started and I will not allow societal pressures about age define the heights that I can reach in my purpose. I needed my story to unfold exactly as it did for me to be prepared for what God has for me. There is no age limit or criteria for change. As long as you are breathing you can change your mind and allow God to do a new thing in you. Growth and evolution do not end at a certain age. I don’t ever want to stop growing and living out my potential.
I encourage you to ask yourself important questions about who you are and the direction of your life. Do you have a passion that you have ignored as impossible or told yourself that it was too late to explore? Do you have gifts that you haven’t intentionally pursued? Don’t talk yourself out of a more fulfilling life because of a narrow minded perspective of age or I false expectations about when a thing should be achieved. Love yourself enough to allow yourself to dream of more possibilities, to have a childlike faith of who you can become.