I’m sure we’ve all had this feeling before: the feeling that at certain points in our lives, we “should be” doing certain things or “should have” accomplished certain things.
I’m 16. I should be getting my driver’s license and a car.
I’m 18. I should be graduating from high school and going to college.
I’m 21. I should be graduating from college and looking for a job or going to grad school.
I’m 25. I should have a well-paying job and be moved out of my parents’ house.
I’m 35. I should be married and have kids.
And it goes on and on and on. We shouldn’t evaluate our life based on what we think “should be.” Who’s telling us it “should be” this way? The media? The news? Society? Friends? Family?
Everyone’s path in life is different because every person is different. This all sounds incredibly obvious, but it’s amazing how many people still fall into the “should be” trap.
As long as you are happy with what you have in life, no matter where you are in life, you’re fine. It’s about being true to yourself, not about being true to others’ expectations.