– GAP YEAR –
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
This year counted as my “gap” year. Being unable to persuade my parents to explore my options (after high school) I decided that now was the time. Upon graduating from my MSc, which was rather irrelevant to my undergraduate degree, I decided to start anew. This didn’t mean leaving what I did in my undergrads behind; I stayed in the art scene and even did a couple of freelance jobs.
However, graduating from leadership meant that I had to build on that over the past year. I did have leadership experience throughout my school and university years but I needed to create a more refined profile for that.
I’m here to say that it’s never too late to do what you believe you’re meant to do. Nowadays, (especially common among millennials), I witness a lot of fearless people who are willing to do whatever it takes to pursue their dreams. Taking smart risks is an important thing to do, especially when you have the capacity for it.
Whether it means joining university after many years of working or changing professions, it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love. In worst case, consider the things you love as a serious hobby that can one day become a career for you.
It’s also important to not limit yourself to things just because you’re good at doing them. The same goes to limiting yourself to the things that you find comfort in. Breaking out of your comfort zone every once in a while helps expand your perception and possibly guide you in a new direction.
On another note: I’ll be sharing with you what I did during my gap year soon! It should hopefully give you some ideas on what you can do, as well.
Featured image is by Tim Marshall and is used for illustrative purposes only.