I don't know about you, but ever since I turned maybe sixteen or seventeen, I have been asked the never ending stream of questions beginning with "what are you going to do when...?" In fact, I still get asked the question, and sometimes it's from people who I've already answered multiple times. Whether it's "what are you going to do when you graduate high school?" or "what are you going to do when you graduate college?", I get asked it all. I even get asked "what are you going to do when there aren't any teaching jobs available?" I usually tell them that I will cross that bridge when I get there, but that never seems to suffice. I just don't understand why other people are so fascinated with the idea that a teenager needs to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Why is that even a thing?
I mean, yes I have known what I wanted to be since I was about seven, but that doesn't mean every one else does. My boyfriend is a sophomore in college, and he has no clue what he wants to do when he graduates. However, since everyone around him is constantly asking him to choose, he ended up saying 'whatever' and picking a safe bet, which isn't something he would consider doing. It is just strange to me that a person needs to know all the answers before they even have a chance to figure them out themselves.
I know for a fact that I have absolutely no idea what I am supposed to do when I graduate college. I'm working towards my teaching degree, and the fact that there is a possibility where I may not be able to get a job scares the crap out of me. They definitely don't teach you how to handle that situation in high school. All I know how to do it write a somewhat decent paper and random math skills. Even before I was in college and actually had to choose one to go to, I was clueless. I didn't actually pick a college and get accepted until May, the same month I was going to graduate. Everyone just expects you to know everything, and to be honest, it puts a ton of stress on us. Once I feel as if I have life figured out and under control, it throws another curve ball my way, and I never know how to handle it.
In the end, I don't know what I'm going to do when I graduate or when I get a teaching job or what I'm going to do if I don't. I really just want to be a twenty year old girl who is enjoying life and the positives it has to offer. I'll take the challenges as they come, but I'm not going to let them stop me from having fun!