Apparently not. Many Generation Yers (those of us born from the 1980s to 2000), abandon our Plan As by our mid-twenties. It took a while for me to realize the importance of changing the way I framed this issue in my mind. I remember thinking, “Maybe this time it’s good to be a part of the majority.” I’ve always been open to change and excited for new opportunities. "It's okay that I'm going down a different path. Not everyone gets it right when they’re making career goals as a teenager," I told myself.
My Plan A was to finish my undergrad by 22, graduate law school by 25, article then move up the corporate ranks as a criminal defence lawyer, heading towards partner or judge by my early forties. I’d be career-driven and probably single at 26 years old, living in a metropolitan area, working hard and making good money.
Then life threw an American gentleman my way who became a major influencer on not only my plans but my very perspective of thinking. Fast forward to today, I’m so happy that I listened to my heart and my gut and didn’t force Plan A to happen. Plan A turned out to be completely different from what I thought it was going to be. I’m currently on my Plan B and here we are, happy and together, making it work, making adjustments as we go.
I’ve learned that checking off items on a list, making a certain amount of money, or the prestige of a job title isn’t what makes me happy. To be totally honest, the best part of my day is coming home to my husband and seeing how excited he is to greet me. I immediately feel more centered and at peace. This summer as we’ve gone on our mini-vacations and racked up huge road trip points spending hours upon hours in the car together, we shared so many exciting dreams and thoughts of the future with each other [sidenote: sorry about being such a sap! It's the newlywed in me].
I’ve learned that when it comes to my career, personal satisfaction, fulfilling a sense of purpose, and enjoying a flexible work-life balance are of invaluable importance. As others navigating through their 20s and their adulthood are also likely experiencing, life can really change from how you might have pictured it unfolding in your head. It can be so different, yet so satisfying.
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Rest assured that there are lots of us out there doing the Plan B thing. Once you can change your frame of perspective and acknowledge that Plan B can actually be a positive step in the right direction, not just the next best option, you’re on the road to embracing this period in your life for self-discovery, adventure, and exploration.
What plan are you currently on?