Sometimes I’ll be sitting and drinking my coffee and then all of the sudden, I’ll be hit with a wave of existential, millennial angst. I’ll gasp and think, “IS THIS WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE DOING WITH MY LIFE?”
It can be quite stressful, but I’ve found some ways to manage that stress and make it go away with a series of thoughts that might also be helpful for you if you are caught in an angst tsunami every now and then:
- There is no answer to that question.
- There is no “supposed to.” Your life is completely open ended. Whatever you do will be what you were “supposed to be doing.” Most people in the world don’t have the luxury of worrying about if they made the right career choice.
- Choosing what to do with your life isn’t something that happens in a day. It’s a process. A life-long process. Don’t judge yourself on where you are right now. Judge yourself on if you’re doing the things day-to-day that you think will get you where you want to go.
- If you think the answer is “out there somewhere,” it probably isn’t.
- That said, taking three hours to go sit by yourself and think is always a good idea. Don’t tell anyone where you’re going. Take a healthy snack with you.
- Moving to a different city will probably not solve your problems. Neither will a new job or a new lover. Neither will losing weight or getting a different haircut.
- You don’t have to change the world now. First, focus on just being someone who can get things done.
- I heard Seth Godin say in a podcast that people often quit right before something starts working. So don’t stop doing what you’re trying to do, yet.
If all else fails, watch some funny videos until the angst goes away and then get on with your life.