“How am I supposed to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life?” The common question anxiously exits the worried mouths of those graduating from high-school, leaving college, choosing a major, figuring out a job, and so forth. I generally answer myself and others with, “Well, it’s a good thing we don’t have to.”
Did you know that the top ten most in demand jobs of 2010 did not even exist in 2004? Did you also know that 1 in 4 workers have been at their current employer for less than one year? 1 in 2 has been there less than five years.
We are living in exponential times. There are over 31 billion searches on Google every month. In 2006, this number was 2.7 billion. It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0x10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the previous 5000 years.
What does this all mean?
We are preparing students for jobs that do not even exist yet, with technology that has not even been invented, in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.
Now how do you feel?
To me, I believe that all we have is today. It is good to prepare for a rainy day with a rain coat on a hiking trip, but is completely defeating to watch the ten day forecast on the weather channel. I am not saying that goals are bad, my idea is just circumvented around the belief that it can be very easy to become obsessed over an aspiration, then die of a broken heart because what we had hoped for is completely different than how we imagined.
We must live the greatest we can today, so if there is a tomorrow, we can look back and know that we did the best we could with the choices we had. I don’t believe in luck, only change, choice, and the connection that resides between.
Don’t worry, be happy. Be you, because everyone else is taken.
In the past five minutes:
67 babies were born in the U.S.
274 babies were born in China
395 babies were born in India
and 694,000 songs were illegally downloaded.