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I have no idea what to do with my life.

I graduated high school in 2020, right when covid started, so everything was just so fast-paced. They told us schools will be closed for 2 weeks and then boom, they never opened again, and I had to graduate without a graduation ceremony.

I couldn't focus on my studies, therefore I failed the university exam (my overall score was great, but it wasn't great enough for the university I want). I stayed at home for 2 years, doing basically nothing, and even though I took the exam again, the results were the same.

I eventually got bored of staying at home, I was getting more and more depressed, which lead me to start working.

I've been working for 2 years now, and I changed 2 jobs (both were at a hotel), and honestly it's just too hard for me to keep going, I don't even like the job that I'm doing.

I work 8-6 (Sunday's are off) and I feel like my life is slipping away from my hands. I don't want to work all day, and do something that I don't like, instead I just want to travel, focus on myself, and my hobbies, like I just want enjoy life in general, is that too much to ask for?

But since I'm stuck in a job, I basically can't do anything, and if I quit now I won't have any income, which sucks even more.

I'll be turning 22 this year. I know that I'm too young, but I just can't help thinking about how I'm wasting my years.

Should I give university a shot again, or maybe change my job so it's less depressing? I literally have no idea. Does anyone else feel like this?
You're definitely not alone in feeling that covid threw off your goals or in feeling that you really don't know what to do with your life!!

I think that looking into university may be a great option in the future, but if you aren't sure what you want to study you may want to explore some online classes or something to figure out your interests. Also, if you did great on the university exam maybe you should just reevaluate which university you want to go to.

If you know you want more time to travel and explore your hobbies, the sad truth is we all need money to do what we love but maybe you could look into switching jobs? I think there's a growing demand for online self-scheduled jobs, which can be great options if you want more time for yourself. Some companies I've heard of are livexchange, preply, tutor, liveops, omni interactions, shiftsmart, and modsquad. You could also look into getting certified for jobs related to travel such as being a flight attendant, travelling nurse, or a international teacher.

Covid threw us all off, but you still have so much life ahead of you and time to find a lifestyle you love. Best of luck!

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