I have recently been thinking about where I am in life and how it could have been different.
When I was 10 I was going to be a hairdresser.
When I was 13 I was going to be a forensic scientist.
When I was 16 I was going to be in media but do hairdressing on the side.
When I was 17 I was going to be a Sports Journalist, then an accountant, then a journalist again.
When I was 18 I was going to be a Sports Journalist after studying a History degree, then by going on a Journalist course.
When I was 18 I left college and went to work and none of the above happened.
When I was 18 I was unemployed and unable to get a job...so I worked on an Ice Rink for some money...I don't even like Ice Skating.
Then I worked in a school, then a background screening company then the Olympics.
When I was 19 I was a Team Leader on one of the biggest Sporting Events ever.
Then I was unemployed again.
Then I got the job I'm doing now, I'm still there and I'm happy.
What I am trying to say is things don't go to plan and it may work out well in the end. I'm not the hairdresser/forensic scientist/journalist/accountant I thought I would be, but I'm working and enjoying what I do.
Up until the age of 16 I thought that by 21 I would have it all figured out, how wrong was I?! I may go to work, drive a car and pay some bills but in no way do I feel like I am cut out to be an adult. I couldn't wait to grow up and be independent and cool (or so I thought) but I still wish I was in secondary school.
So, no, by 21 you don't have it all figured out, but it doesn't mean you're doing it wrong. Carry on doing what you're doing and it will all work itself out in the end...or so I hope! :)