Do you ever have one of those days where you feel super stressed and like the whole world is against you? That is literally me trying to cope with the sheer amount of uni work I am being expected to do in my last year of uni.I just wrote a to do list and before December alone I have to do 23 different things to do, and some of the things involve a huge amount of work! Anyhow I wont go into that too much, but it did get me thinking about the pressure on young people these days.
Im only 21 but have been feeling increasing pressure to have my life together and it’s just not a simple as that. I feel like ever since I started doing my GCSE’s the focus has been on preparing for the future and getting a decent job, which is great but seriously how many teenagers know what job they want to do for the rest of their lives at the age of 16?
Starting college was a whirlwind and I basically chose A levels in subjects that I thought I might enjoy based on the GCSE subjects I enjoyed. I loved college in the first year and pretty much in the second year, however second year was harder. After college I started university because I felt it was the next logical step and lasted a week hated it, dropped out and felt more lost than ever.
I took a year out and then decided to go back to university studying something completely different. I went back to university because I wanted to but also because I felt that it was the only way I could get a good job in the future. Don’t get me wrong I don’t regret going to university, but I feel there is so much pressure on young people to go to uni and get a good job. Even now with the stress of uni, I still have days where I wonder if i’ve made the right decision or not.
I just wish it wasn’t expected of young people to make such big life decisions at such a young age, or that there is more support for young people in making these decisions. I mean not all teenagers know what they want to do and a lot of young people change their minds or jump between different things, sometimes not getting the support they need. I was super lucky that my family have always been super supportive of whatever avenue I want to pursue, but for some it’s not that easy. That’s just my thought for the day.
Basically no matter what someone is doing in their life, they may have times where they are super stressed and struggling with workload. It’s also important to remember that a little gesture can go along way, so if you notice someone who is super stressed, do something nice for them, offer them a cup of tea or even just offer them a sympathetic smile, it may just make their day!
Anyway little rant over, having felt so stressed it was super nice for it to finally be half term and to come in and find that my mum had bought me a cute halloween pyjama top and some cute navy patterned pyjama shorts, result! A small gesture that cheered me up so much!
I decided to de-stress, have a bath, put on my cute pyjamas and actually think about what it is I want out of life and you know, it was nice to just take some time to myself and decide exactly how I want the future to go. I now have a clearer vision of what I want and what I am going to work hard now to achieve because nothing in life worth having comes easy! Work for what you want but remember to also have relaxation time!
I want to finish this blog post with two quotes I love (they aren’t my quotes but I think they are amazing):
No one is you and that is your power
Life is a journey not a destination
I hope everyone reading this blog post has a fun halloween whether you go all out with dressing up and celebrating or not and that this blog post has highlighted that it’s okay to change your mind or not have a clear idea about what you want to do in the future. It’s scary (possibly more than halloween is!) but you’ll get there in the end as long as you work hard!
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