things that should be completly normal:
- not going to uni
- taking as much time as needed before going to uni
- changing your majors many times before finding what you like
- changing your career path
- not knowing what you want
- attending a community college
- valuing your health over your grades
- Going to trade school/apprenticing
Seriously. The trades are almost never mentioned to kids in high school, and they are almost always recession-proof careers and in demand, and they usually pay well.
Also, it floors me that the idea that you’re supposed to know what you want to do with the rest of your life by the time you’re 17 has been normalized. Like, I know WHY it has, but when you stop to think about it, it’s ridiculous.
Your brain isn’t even fully developed until you’re 25, and you’ve experienced like, none of life… like, would you, right now, let a 17 year old kid just pick a career path or direction in life for you?
It doesn’t make sense.
The ones who figure it out in high school and follow that path AND love it are exceptions, not the rule.