A lost young adult from Kathmandu. (In praise of doing)
On knowledge (Why it’s never deficient, false or nonexistent).

On choosing a career after high school when you have no idea what you want to be in the future

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You don’t have to know what you want to be in the future in order to pick a career.

Most young people have this erroneous idea that in order to pick a career (something) they should know what they want to be in the future. Why? Because that’s the most common misconception among people.

Almost all adults ask their children or their pupils or their relatives or their neighbors this dumb clichéd question (What do you want to be when you grow up?) and eventually those young people get this sick idea that in order to pick something they should know what they want to be in the future.

They don’t need to know that!

What’s wrong with deciding what I will try out?

Besides, this question is ridiculous. How the hell are we supposed to know what we will want in the future? Are we all prophets? So maybe we should play a lottery, win shitload of money and retire to some paradise beach before we even started our careers? Because retirement is what most of us see as this inevitable part of our lives; so called “normal” course of our lives — because everybody else is also going to retire; it’s so normal to us that people retire; besides don’t we all know that adulthood sucks and that childhood and college years is the best time of life, and everybody hates Monday morning, etc.

Don’t we know all that?

Pay no attention to stereotypes, clichés and cliched questions. They’re the worst. They’re like a plague.

You find something cool and you think you could enjoy something? Do that! Don’t assume that it has to last until retirement. Maybe you will never want to retire? Contrary to common belief, retirement is not mandatory.

Why obsess if it will be a good choice for life? It doesn’t have to be. It really doesn’t. Anytime you can switch to something else. Usually it’s only too late if you told yourself that it’s too late or if someone else told you that and you bought into it. If you’re not entirely delusional (for example at 50 you had this totally unworkable idea that you will become a pro soccer player) then you can pick a different career and this new career also doesn’t have to be for life.

Just forget that you need to figure out what you want to be when you grow up / or in future. It’s nonsense! It’s just an idea — you can ignore it.