Starting Over At Thirty (Or any age!)
There is a stigma in our culture that goes like this: you should have your life figured out by the time you're twenty-something-ish.
I know I'm not making this up, because I see it everywhere. I hear about it in the mouths of the clients I work with, who talk about working in a career they figured out they don't really love, but it's what's expected of them after finishing college. I see it in the eyes of the young ladies I make up for senior sessions when I ask them "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and they have no idea (but feel the pressure of making this huge decision by eighteen or nineteen years old). I also see it in adults I surround myself with; most of which will ask me, so what do you do? Do you have kids? Are you married?
I'm challenging that theory, dear reader.
The career and lifestyle model has been shifting significantly since the creation of the internet. There are so many ways to be "successful" these days. Not all of us are going to take the same road. There are a lot of people out there who are doing what they love and doing it with passion, purpose, and joy.
So, I'm starting over at thirty, and I'm very fortunate to have, in my short life here, experienced some pretty cool things for work, but that doesn't mean I'm done just yet. I want to wake up each day with the zeal of loving what I do daily.
It's not easy. Life will knock you down. It will propel you off course. It will have you treading water one minute and soaring in the clouds the next, but anything worth doing in life, there will be strife to get there.
In short, if you don't like what you're doing, start anew. Just remember: You are never too old to do something different.