I’m 42, and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. And guess what? I HAVE a degree. I’d love to get my Master’s, too, but it’s not the right time for me to commit to that. So I take free online courses in the things that interest me, at my pace, for now. Learning is learning, and honestly, these days many employers just care that you CAN. They don’t care if you can because you completed 273 credits at an accredited university, or if you can because you watched 32 YouTube videos, or bought a workbook, or bought the software and Googled your way to mastery.

You are NOT as stuck as you feel. But do something about how you are feeling now; don’t wait. When I get into my “I’m too old to become a…mode, my friend Bill says, “You can invest time and/or money and get yourself where you want to be by the time you’re 37 (he says 47 to me ;) ), even though you’re scared of accruing debt, or having to cut your hours at work, or failing; or you can keep doing what you’re doing now, which is safe, and steady, and rotting your brain — and which is without a doubt NOT what you want to be doing in 5 years…either way, you’re going to be 37 when you’re 37. So you’ll have either changed the course your life is on, or you’ll be feeling just like you feel now, except 5 years worse. And I swear to GOD if you’re still complaining about it then, I’ll fucking kill you.”

My friend Bill doesn’t sugar coat shit.

I wish you luck. Carpe Diem.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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