A few years ago, a colleague of mine said, “Careers these days aren’t so much about climbing the ladder, but about bouncing around a jungle gym.” As someone who still hasn’t found her calling, has a slew of interests, and is also a sucker for metaphors, I ate this up.
Often, we forget that there are no rules telling you what direction to go in, nor is there a crystal ball that’ll tell you how the future will pan out (though if there is, please tell me). The path ahead of you won’t be straight—and that’s OK. In fact, it’s encouraged. Because each time you venture off the obvious route, you’ll learn invaluable lessons and gain a fresh perspective on how to handle any bumps you may encounter down the road.