#1. Be Passionate. No one can tell you what to do with your life and the only way to figure it out for yourself is to figure out what you are passionate about. Write down the top 5 things that you are so passionate about that if they were taken away your life wouldn’t be the same. Now, think about how you can get your life to revolve around these five passions?
#2. Travel. You may think you know everything, but believe me, until you begin traveling the world you don’t have a clue. Teachers and textbooks only go so far. Traveling to new places, seeing different cultures, and meeting all types of people will challenge everything you have been taught. If you’re willing to open yourself up, the experiences you gain from traveling will shape you and define the person you become. You will be far better for these experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
#3. Volunteer. Helping other people and dedicating yourself to a cause can open your eyes to what matters most in life. Sometimes in the craziness of day-to-day living we forget who we are and what we really care about. Volunteering will force you to open your eyes to how other people live and make you grateful for the life you have. Don’t think volunteering once will change your life, make a commitment to continue volunteering, you just may enjoy it!
#4. Dream. When your college debt is racking up and the stress of entering the workforce is becoming overwhelming don’t give up on your dreams. It’s easy to sink into a rut and continue that rut for 20 years, but it’s a lot harder to hold onto your dreams and continue striving to achieve them. Take the time now while you can to figure out what your dream is and how you can achieve it. You will be chasing money your whole life, so don’t settle for anything less than your dream. And, most importantly, don’t let anyone else tell you that you can’t achieve your dream. Stay focused and work hard.
#5. Be You. Your teens and twenties should be when you are experimenting with new ideas and concepts. Figuring out what to do with your life is really dependent on what makes YOU happy, so if you only know what you were taught by your parents, high school teachers, and college professors, how do you expect to know who YOU are? Are you simply the product of what all of these people combined have molded you to become? Don’t be so quick to answer no because most of us are just products of our surroundings. Finding out what makes the real you tick is harder and deeper than most people are willing to go. Question your beliefs, likes and dislikes, and decide how and what will truly put a smile on your face. It’s not your parents, teachers, or professors who are living in your body every day, so first and foremost make sure what you do with your life next is right for YOU and no one else.
Stay positive and just enjoy being the true you!
Article by, Chad Kennedy – Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Teen Scene Magazine
In May 2000 at just 13 years old, Chad Kennedy started Teen Scene Magazine. Today, Teen Scene is the leading online magazine for teens and young adults by teens and young adults attracting more than 150,000 readers each month. Over the nine years, Chad has worked with Hollywood’s hottest celebrities, including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and 50 Cent. Teen Scene will be featured on an upcoming episode of Sprint’s “Business Fantasy Camp” web series airing on BusinessonMain.MSN.com showcasing Kennedy being mentored by Tony Hawk.