What do I want to do with my life? How will my future be? What is my life purpose? What do I want to contribute to the world?
Those are some important questions I have been asking myself over and over again for the past few months.
The uncertainty of my future clamors at me every day but the problem has less to do with having a normal 9-5 job and more to do with searching for the right thing to do for me that will allow me to fully utilize my God given gifts and allow me to grow in the ways I want.
It's been one and a half years since I stepped out of university. And it's already the second month of 2017. Where did time go?
Right before I graduated in 2015, I had dreams of just booking a flight ticket and go enjoy myself for a few months on an island in South America. But that never ever turn into a reality for me as I needed to look for a job that would support myself.
I remembered spending a good 3-months congratulating my friends and acquaintances on their job offers from large, well known corporations all over the world and acceptance letters to graduate programs at top universities in the States.
I remembered scrolling through my Instagram feed, liking pictures of beaches and islands taken by various people I follow, including National Geography, wondering if perhaps my future lies at those places.
I remembered having dreams in my sleep of walking along the beach on a moonlit night, or watching the sun rise on a mountain top or walking in the woods lined with magnificent pine trees and exotic flowers or even dancing in the rain shower like nobody's business.
Fast forward one and a half years, I have a stable job which will take care of my bills, a business that I run with some entrepreneurs which to date is one of the best things that happen to me and relocated within the city of Chicago 3 times.
I've also picked up the habit of reading. I've learned to engage in more meaningful conversations with people, not the shallow ones. I've learned to be kinder to people, be more selfless just like Jesus. My goal is to invest in relationships by meeting and shaking hands of people.
Just a week ago, we celebrated the Lunar New Year and this year is the Year of the Rooster. Little did I realized that we have completed two cycles of the Chinese zodiac animals. Time really flies, I've survived 24 years of my life.
I might not know how my year would turn out or where I would end up but one thing I do know is that God has great plans for me. All I can control is my attitude and my actions towards life.
I know my life doesn't just stop at a career, there is more to it than that. I've been reflecting a lot lately on my personal growth, particularly unpacking all the lessons, victories, challenges that have illuminated my path.
I recalled after graduating from university, the greatest fear I have would be stagnated growth. Most people put away their books and put our head down to go to work to make a living. But I chose to challenge myself every single day and am truly blessed to have a group of friends and mentors whom I can trust and seek council.
In a world of uncertainty, God is always certain. I know that I can look forward to the new year with more to experience, more to learn and more ways to grow.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson beautifully said, "Life is a journey, not a destination."
The time and effort you invest into perfecting your gifts and talents will be worth it. Finding your purpose and living it out can be tough but when you choose to stay on course, it will eventually lead you to discover your purpose in life.
I thank God for everything He has provided me till this day.
Let's march forward to the new year! I wish all of you a very happy and prosperous new year.