The legal age for getting married is around 21. Even then most people prefer to wait a while before they actually get hitched. The reason for that is that many of them feel that at this age, one has not yet achieved enough emotional stability to make a decision which would have a high impact on life that is to follow.
But then why do people feel that 18 year olds are fully equipped to decide which career they want to follow for the rest of their lives based on 12 years of school experience? Why are we then so surprised when people constantly go for career changes later in life? Why do we feel confused when someone finds no satisfaction even in a good, high paying position?
Money isn’t everything if you are unable to find solace in what you do. If ever you are in such a situation, where you aren’t enjoying your work, where it feels like a huge drag to wake up every morning, where a work day is just you slogging through the motions, stealing glances at the clock, awaiting the moment it strikes the freedom hour and you can finally go back, then you can be pretty sure that you need a change.
There is nothing wrong with being in the same field for years and then suddenly switching over to start from scratch. You cannot let ‘norms’ dictate your life, when those same ‘norms’ stand in the way of your gratification. The most important thing to remember is that your happiness and satisfaction primarily lie in your own hands. Of course people might get lucky and find their passion on the first try, but should that really mean that in case you don’t, you have to muddle through anyway?
No, it’s never too late to consider a career change. As long as you have the confidence that you can make it and the will to carry on, your passion will see you through thick and thin.
As Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, but what he forgot to mention was that it might take a few hit and trials to find one that you really love. Life might be short, but it’s still the longest thing you’ll ever do, so don’t waste it on a thankless job which isn’t helping you grow. Take a chance, take advice, find a mentor, but if you aren’t happy with where you are, make a move! Don’t get bogged down by thinking that you have only one chance to make a change. As long as you believe you can, you will!