A question I get asked very frequently is how I knew what I wanted to study. I have written some posts about what I am study HERE and HERE some more posts about how and why I study nutrition HERE. I haven’t always been interested in nutrition, that was something that developed when I was in recovery from my eating disorder. As I began to recover and care for my body I also began to read more about nutrition and found a love for nutrition and health and most importantly helping others with health and nutrition.
In the past it was more focus on nutrition, maybe being a PT and writing meal plans, and then it was a focus on helping people with eating disorder. But now it is more of a focus on overall health and keeping people healthy, i.e preventing illness rather than working with people who are already sick .And I am not as focused on exercise, however I will be studying exercise nutrition and more about exercise as that gives me a better holistic approach when I also know more about exercise and exercise nutrition.
The truth is though I am not always confident or certain in what I am studying. I love what I am studying but I also have my doubts.. .i have times I panic and think, I won’t get a job when I am done studying. So many people studying nutrition and working with nutrition and there really aren’t so many jobs for health coaches… there are more jobs for dieticians. However there is SO MUCH that needs to change and so many people that need help within health and nutrition, and it can feel overwhelming sometimes when you realise just how many people need help and there aren’t enough people willing to make changes or even pay for help. Also there are a lot of people who need help but aren’t willing to change their habits or lifestyle…. It can be frustrating when you so badly want to help people but people aren’t willing to take the advice or help and make a change. And you can’t force anyone to change and you can’t force your beliefs onto others either…. Instead they need to want to make a change and make the changes for themselves.
One of the things I am also trying to remind myself of more often is that “I do have time”. Sometimes I feel like a failure because I amn’t doing more in life… because I amn’t working with nutrition and health coaching (an actual business… not just a blog/social media). Sometimes I feel like I should be doing more, working harder and just want my life in order now. I am only 22 years old and I need to remind myself that I have time… I don’t need to have my whole life in order now.
What I begin working with isn’t what I will always work with. I.e I will evolve and grow… maybe I begin working for a company and then in the end have my own business or maybe vice versa. I don’t need to know exactly how or what I will work with, but just love what I am studying and know sot of what I want to work with.
Things don’t always go as you had planned or the way you think or hoped they would. That is part of life.
I know I am already doing a lot… but I want to do so much more. At the moment I am thinking about starting youtube (how many times have I said this hahahah), maybe writing a book, planning workshops/lectures I might hold, trying to plan how I would do health coaching as well as might start working 75% while studying 100%….
I want to do so much more and help so many people and often get the feeling that I am not enough and not doing enough. But I am reminding myself that I have time…. Eveyrthing doesn’t need to be done at the same time.
My twenties are a time to just live life, figure out what I want to do in life, be with friends, family, date different people, travel, study, figure out what I DON’T want to do, work with different things…. I don’t have to have my whole career panned out right now.
So… if you are in your twenties, or even if you are in your thirties or forties… you still have time and odn’t have to have your whole life figured out. Even if it is good to know what you want to do or atleast what you DON’T want to do, the older you get. And just work towards your goals and dreams everyday and things will work themselves out… but you have to work towards them and not just sit and dream about them!
It is ok if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, you will figure things out in time. (I have a post written about that HERE) if you need more advice.
Just a little thought post which I felt I needed to post and share my thoughts! And know that you arne’t alone if you don’t know what you want to do with your life or what you want to study… it is ok. Sometimes you don’t know what you want to do but you atleast know what you don’t want to do and that is a start anyway!