This post is dedicated to my loving and supportive hubby. I wouldn't have made this decision without you.
I've been talking to a few friends about this subject of having somewhat of a "midlife" crisis in their late 20s or early 30s. Well, maybe you're one of them too.
While working, have you ever felt this strong inclining that you should not be pursuing this job for the next 20+ years of your life. You're either frustrated, bored out of your mind, and/or dread the Mondays and count the days till Friday. Not only that, you've always had this passion you wanted to pursue, but are just afraid to go after it because it means facing the unknown and starting over. If that's you, you are NOT alone. Here is my story...
My Mid 20s Crisis:
I'm in my mid 20s and I am currently a teacher in California. I think the fact that I'm a teacher in California already is self-explanatory to why I'm having a "20s mid life" crisis (if you're a teacher you'll understand what I mean). =P I do love kids, but I don't think teaching (at least to the young ones) is the right career path for me. The thing is, the place I work at is an absolutely amazing place. My boss is one of the best boss's I've ever had, my co-workers are talented and hard working, and the program itself is something any teacher would love to be a part of. After re-thinking about these things...I really do think it's me. I'm just not fit to do this nor do I want to keep doing it. PLUS, there are NO jobs. It's so depressing to look for teaching jobs and you don't even want to do it. I hope that makes sense.
Turning My Passion into a Career:
Anyways, these past couple of months I have been praying and reflecting upon my career path. Ever since I began planning my own wedding and I started to blog about it, I just can't stop thinking about getting into the wedding industry. I know that if I don't pursue it, whether it's wedding related or doing some sort of web design/development, I will regret it. I know that if I don't re-start my career change now, it'll be a lot harder to change later on. I've worked with kids for 10 years and it's scary to think about starting over again and building new skills. I pretty much have to start from bottom up again. Not only that, I don't know how good I will be and there's a lot of self-doubt in that. I am scared and the only person that is stopping me from pursuing it is myself.
Taking a Leap of Faith
Yes, I will probably fail; but I think with anything you will always be bound to fail at one point. That's how we grow and learn. I will only become better if I learn from my mistakes. As daunting as it is, I can't turn back now. If I want to change my career, I must start now. That is why I have decided that I am going to pursue weddings and/or web design/development.
Wish me luck and please pray for me.
Mrs. Average Bride
What about you? Are you having a career change crisis?
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