Deciding to travel around the world was not an easy decision to make. With all the pressures that are put on young people to go to college/university to get a proper education gets so unbearable at times, you forget to take into account what you want.
To be honest, I didn’t want to go to university last year when the decisions were being made, I wanted to travel. I wanted to find out who I was before finding out who I wanted to become (cheesy, I know). It was hard for me to give in to what everyone wanted me to do but I did it. If they wanted me to go to university, I would go… But I would move to the other side of the country to do so. So that’s what I did: I traveled to Nanaimo, British Columbia from Toronto, Ontario to go to university.
I enjoyed it but I still felt like this isn’t what I wanted to do. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the experience and am grateful for the life-long friends I made but I continued to feel like I was made for something more.
I’m not one of those people that have high marks (God knows how I got into university) or am over talented at certain things. My hobbies and passions are so varied that there is no way for me to make a career out of any of them. I only knew one thing: I wanted a career where I can help people, no matter what the pay is. I desire to travel continued throughout the whole year.
The question became: How could I travel while still trying to figure out what I wanted to do?
The answer: Volunteer.
Sure, it’s not what everyone wants to do, but it would be what I want. My family and friends aren’t arguing because they think it would be good work experience as well.
There are a lot of other life problems that were considered with this too, it’s not just me not knowing what to do with my life. But that’s for another day.