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December 18, 2007


Jeff Ledoux

Love this post. I recently went the same route and it's great to see someone else having some of the realizations I am having. Although I can say I do like working for myself and am trying to get my own business off the ground.

Again, this post reminded me why it's ok to be doing what you, I & others have did/done.



Unfortunately, waiting till you figure out what you want to be when you grow up is just not an option for most people. I'm at least ten years older than you, have a stable job that bores me, and still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.

If I grow up.

By which time becoming an astronaut or a fireman will probably be out of the question.

Shawn Farner

I'm in the same boat, though I haven't left the umbrella of higher education yet. I'm an English major - but what do I want to do? No idea. I love to write and that is all I know. I plan to just try the hell out of everything and eventually, I'll get what I want. My advice to you is to do the same.


And to think I thought I was the only one...

I think it takes bigger guts not to try and work for one's self, but to realize (and admit) that one doesn't want to work for one's self.

Eerie timing on the post though. :)


i kept thinking everyone knew what they were doing and what they wanted in life which utterly made me feel crap cause i felt so lost and clueless amongst them.

maybe everyone just acts confident and assured, but i definately dont know what i want, i dont even know the life i've build is the life i've dreamt of or someone else dreamt it for me, i dont even know if it was my wife, the kids, or me who wanted this life im living?

yep, i definately have my problems too, but thankyou for making me feel like im not the only one.


this is the first google hit for "unemployed and 30." nice. you should plaster this page with ads.

since this was written in 2007 the poster must be 32 or 33 right now. i'll look for an update after i post this (more meta this way). for anyone who's wondering, being single, unemployed, almost 30 and directionless is scary. I'm not sure if it's the good kind that drives you to richer things or the bad kind that just scares you. the thing that worries me most is just being nothing in the metaphysical sense. no identity, purpose, drive, motivation, nothing. i am trying to tell myself that after losing my job, girlfriend etc. it's okay to feel lost for a little while. and of course the haunting question is how long is "a little while?"

one thing i have found though is that all the worry is the same. there is something consoling in that sometimes--that all the different kinds of worry you can experience are really the same thing. i'm not sure why that's consoling. i think because it makes it easier to manage.

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