in praise of the unplanned career
If you, like I often do, need some reassurance that it’s okay to stumble towards destiny, I wrote some words for you. Ryerson Folio invited me to submit another piece aimed at my favourite audience – the young person at the cusp.
The essential element of the unplanned career is embracing the emptiness. When you are in school and every second is scheduled, you are taught that unoccupied hours are wasted hours, that allowing downtime between life’s events is unwise. Having gaps in your resume is considered undesirable. When people ask you what you’re doing, it is implicit that “nothing” is not an acceptable answer. Yet your life’s purpose won’t reveal itself to you when you’re constantly in the midst of mundane tasks or doing things just because you’re supposed to. You might think that if you enter a lull you’ll become indolent, but for most human beings indolence quickly loses its charm, and in the absence of obligations you’ll find yourself naturally gravitating towards your real desires, even if you didn’t know what your desires were before.
Read the entire article in Ryerson Folio, or if you’re a student there, pick up a paper copy.