The Path of Uncertainty: The Unexpected Opportunities

Last week something that I wrote went live.

If you live in Ontario and you are between the ages of 19 and 24, it is quite possible that the copy  (and its variations) has been or will be served to you. It will be one of the many uncredited pieces you are served every day on social media but HEY MOM LOOK WHAT I DID AT WORK .

The pieces might only be short form content (and only circulated on social media) – with many under 117 characters. But there is still a sense of satisfaction when I see the sponsored post on my newsfeed or the ad on the sidebar.

Last year I touched briefly upon my childhood desire to be a writer and how the undefined destination was buried deeply. It’s hard to believe that a mere year later I would have the opportunity do some content versioning, to throw together a few words, where the reach will be beyond my own personal network.

It’s kind of funny how one ends up in the places they do.

Earlier in the week I came across a Facebook post by a first year student, the student was expressing their struggles with a certain mandatory course and their uncertainty as to whether the commerce program was right for them. I remember feeling the exact doubt and sentiments when I was in first year.

In this post I want to share that it’s okay to be on a path of uncertainty. It may not be the most fun road to travel on but over time you will learn and grow. I am not afraid to share that when I started my commerce degree 5 years ago I was an extremely confused individual without a clear objective for post-graduation. Along the way I’ve stumbled and made countless mistakes. But it’s okay as long as you seize the opportunities that life does hand out.

Sometimes the opportunities aren’t what you expected or lack a certain aspect you were hoping to obtain but that’s okay. In today’s digital age we’re prone to wanting and expecting our queries to be delivered in instantaneous time but Rome wasn’t built in one day.

My post-graduation path has been anything but of the expected traditional trajectory. I’ve had 3 roles in 8 months, I’m making a lot less money than a lot of my friends, and I’ve accomplished one of my worst nightmares of moving back home to my parents’ in the suburbs but I’ve also accomplished my childhood dream of being a writer, albeit with a new writing form.

I don’t know where I’ll be in 5 months but for the moment I’m okay.




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