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i’m almost 27 years old and i don’t know what i wanna be when i grow up

You get to a certain stage in your life where you realize that you have to put on your big girl panties—which have a lot less fabric than the panties of your grade school years—and get your life together. You have to understand what a W2, 1099, 401K, or an 867-5309 is and handle them accordingly. You need to find a way to keep a roof over your head at all times. And somehow, you need to file for divorce from that nagging-ass side chick Sallie Mae.

I realized all of this years ago. When I was 18 years of age with the goal of being married by age 25, attached to dreams of living in an impeccably decorated loft, spooning next to my Idris Elba lookalike of a husband and pregnant with fraternal twins. However, I’m now less than three months away from 27 and my biggest concern is moving into an apartment with kitchen privileges (Manhattan be trippin’!) and finally being able to buy a new laptop.

And I cannot see past this very moment.

In a way this is good. It’s good because we should strive to always live in the present, but shouldn’t I have a clearer idea of where I want to be in the future? Don’t I need to have real life goals? A thriving business? A successful career? Where are all the extra commas in my bank account?!


It’s funny, but it’s not. It’s kinda scary. I know that I want to find a career that feeds my passions, purpose, and my stomach, but of those three things, the only thing I’m certain of is what I’d like to eat.

I have no idea what I want to do.

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Poetic Vision, Purpose, Passion, etc.

I like sharing things that inspire me with you all. It makes my quest for sainthood easier. Here it goes…

On January 1st of this year, I was conversing with a young woman about my life. After explaining to her that I am currently on the science/academia career track and have no strong passion for what I am currently doing, she asked me what in God’s name did I want to do with myself if I wasn’t happy with my career now. Reasonable question. In response, for the first time ever, I articulated my true passion with ease. I soon realized that my passion equals my purpose and since I knew what it was that I want and need to be doing with my life, it is about time I take all the necessary steps to fulfilling said purpose.

In pursuit of getting my shit together, I remembered a video I watched during the Christmas holiday with my sister. At the end of the video lecture, we both applauded – it was not a live stream, Skype, or on any platform in which the speaker could actually hear and appreciate our applause. You know you just watched something good when you give a standing ovation to a laptop.

Anyway, watch the video below. Sister-friend Sharon Ann Lee drops knowledge on how to design your own success, do things that make you money and make you happy, and write your poetic vision. It is quite a long video, but you know you weren’t really doing anything right now anyway.

Let me know if you clap for her at the end.

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