Lately I’ve been thinking more about the experience of deciding upon your vocation. Does anyone else find it odd that we ask people to pick their job when they are 18?? You can’t drink yet, and you’re barely old enough to be considered an adult, but there is this expectation that you would go to college, pick a degree path, and know how you want to spend the rest of your life. As I think about it more, I realize just how strange that expectation really is for people.
Now, at 32, I’m starting to think more about what I really want to do with my life – and it’s nothing that I went to school for or even thought about when I was an 18 year old IU freshman. When I first went to school, I was all about theatre and journalism and writing. And yes, those things are still part of my life and my passions – but they aren’t really what I see my JOB as being anymore. Instead, I’ve found myself drawn more and more to communications and marketing. I’m fascinated by the world of social media and how it can directly affect the way a business, church or organization is seen by the outside world.
At work, we recently started working with a local (Indy) business, Fishhook. They are a Christian-based communications company that works hard to help non-profits tell their story in the best way possible. The experience has awoken a long-hidden passion I had kind of forgot I even had. There was a brief moment in college, about a semester, where I seriously considered changing my major from English to Marketing. Had the desire for change not come at the tail end of my Junior year, I probably would have made the switch. As it was, I was tired of being in school and ready to just be done. So, I stuck out my English degree and went on with my life.
And now, as I look at my job, and I look at the future, I can’t help but enjoy this new role communications is playing in my life once again. Thinking about the best way to share the message of the church, and how to get a wide variety of staff members and volunteers all speaking the same language – is an exciting challenge. While I don’t know how long I will be in this role, I am thoroughly enjoying it! I look forward to my meetings with the Fishhook team, and take real pride in my work when the compliment it. I feel like that thing that was once just a passing wonder is starting to have a purpose again.
All of this is to say that I don’t really think we’re cut out to make life-long decisions at 18. Who knows what they want to do with the rest of their lives when they’re just tasting their first bites of freedom? It’s no wonder that my generation changes jobs so often – there are too many options we aren’t even aware of until we hit those first college classes!