This week I turned down the opportunity to intern remotely with a start-up after initially accepting. The opportunity seemed exciting. It’d be fresh, a chance to expand my skills and challenge myself by working across multiple time zones. But I turned it down. As summer approaches, my friends and I sit together contemplating opportunities. What’s difficult is the future is in our hands, but we have no ideas what is the right next move. How do you choose between two opportunities, or ask one opportunity to linger while waiting for an answer from another? How do people choose between the potential of their romantic relationships and their career?
The beauty of being a 20-something, but even any age, is it’s never too late to U-turn. With the internship above, I u-turned before being too far down the road. However, even if it would’ve been a few months from now, and I didn’t feel I was enjoying it, I could stop. It’s okay to feel something was the right decision and then change your mind. There was no malice or harm behind it. We simply feel something else will make us happier or be healthier.
We aren’t born with road maps giving us directions through life. As much as my friends and I value each other’s opinions, we live with our own decisions. But once we make those decisions, we aren’t stuck with them. Too often we’re afraid of making a mistake or regretting a decision There is no reason to regret anything though, because every experience and person teaches us something if we let them.
Once we’re ready for a change, all we have to do is look in our mirrors, flip on the blinker and turn the wheel. We’re headed in a new direction.