YouTuber Jenna Marbles (whom I find hilarious) posted a very inspiring video a few months ago, and I love it. You can watch it here.
I also love that another blogger, Mandy Richardson, posted a full transcript of it, which I am taking this snippet from (and now I’m reading Mandy’s blog too, which is awesome!) Here’s my favorite part of the video:
People tell you your whole life, “You need to have a plan. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll never accomplish your goals.” But what if your goals are vague? Like mine. To be happy. To laugh. Every day. To experience life. To find love. And loss. To just feel what it feels like to be a human being. To feel alive. Where do you go with goals like that?
People associate being lost as something bad. Fear is bad. Confusion is bad. Failure is bad. But it’s not. It’s life. Because the way I see it, no one ever knows what they’re doing. Ever. And if anyone tells you they do, they’re lying. No one knows what life has in store. You can take steps towards what you want but you can’t control where the cards fall.
People focus on how to get somewhere they’re not right now. What’s wrong with the step you’re on? Look around you. Don’t miss what you have today. Your friends. Your family. People you love.
–Jenna Marbles, “My 200th Video”
With this, Jenna has articulated something that I think is really important: that we don’t have to have everything figured out. That it’s okay to not have specific long-term goals in life. I can relate to what she’s saying in that first paragraph. I have some vague goals too. I like to test out different things and discover what I really enjoy doing. In the past 30 years that I’ve been alive, I’ve discovered many, many things that I love. Comedy. Music. Dancing. Writing. Making people laugh. Singing. Exploring my own mind. Trying new things just to try them. Traveling. Hanging out with my friends. Being emotionally supportive to people. And a ton of other things that I can’t think of off the top of my head. I just like experiencing life, and all the aspects of myself.
If you were to ask me what I want to do with the rest of my career, I wouldn’t have a solid answer other than that I want to be expressing myself creatively, and doing something to either empower or entertain people (or both) or to just help the world in some capacity. To be of service while still honoring my strengths and what I enjoy doing.
And Jenna, if you ever happen to read this, thanks for sharing this wonderful video with the world.