We all re-evaluate where we are in life, periodically. Of course, that doesn't mean that we all make drastic changes. It just makes sense to look at where you are (particularly employment-wise) and see if you're happy there. And if not, exactly what do you want to do about it?
You see, that's the other thing we all do, unless we are scarily self-actualized. We all complain, at some point, that we thought by this stage there would be something more to life. "I didn't sign up for this," we muse, before going back to whatever "this" is. Those of us who have ticked off all the boxes we expected to, at any stage in life, are probably in the minority.
That being the case, why not change? Of course, we know why not. Change is scary. The grass might be greener on the other side. But it's on the other side, all the way over there. What's wrong with slightly less green grass? Well, just like that, we talk ourselves out of taking a risk that might be the best decision we ever make. So if you find yourself in a humdrum job, wanting something different, there really is no time like the present. And if you're going to change, change big!
Qualify For A Profession
It's not something that happens overnight, but doing a job that is more "serious" is something that can suit an adult. If we're honest, most of the young lawyers and doctors out there are in those jobs because they were pushed. Either by their parents or by the talents they showed at school.
But as an adult, you have a deeper understanding of the issues around these jobs and can arguably do them better. You realize the value of firms like https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/workers-compensation-attorneys/ and can be an asset. Similarly, if you can see yourself helping patients, qualify in medicine. You'll always be needed, as http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americas-1-million-doctor-shortage-is-right-upon-us-2016-04-01 shows.
There are times when the most depressing thing in the world is to go grocery shopping. Not because it's boring, but because you're buying your grown-up purchases in the same aisles where you used to bug your Mom. Your shoulders slump, and you realize you need to get out.
Pay for your purchases first, of course, and then think. Is there somewhere you've always dreamed of spending time? If the job is the only thing keeping you where you are, look for an adventure somewhere new. A literal change of scene can be incredible.
Be Your Own Boss
"If I won the lottery," so many of us have told ourselves, "I'd go right up to my boss and tell him/her where to stick this job." Now, don't do that. It's rude and looks awful on a reference. But if you're not loving working for them, maybe it's time to work for you. You can set your own hours and do something that interests you. It could be anything - a huge number of startups right now are people like you going it alone. Pick your niche and commit.
Alternatively, you can continue to have those conversations with yourself and others. But bear in mind that every time you say "There has to be more to life than this," and then don't check, it gets less likely that you will. So why not jump?
This is a contributed post.