Have you ever wanted to do something, but when the time came, you had a complete change of plans? When I was in Undergraduate school, my career plans were to be an Attorney, so I majored in Political Science. Although I am not “into” politics, I wanted to be a Prosecutor, so I could put the bad guys (and girls) away, not to mention, make a lot of money. Nearing the end of completing my degree, I realized, that’s not what I wanted to do. Are you kidding me? I can’t tell you how many times I asked myself that, considering the fact that I had just gone through four years of college and accrued financial debt, only to “discover” I desired something else. I was disappointed, to say the least, because I felt all the money and time I invested into attending college, was a total waste, although I’d later learn it was not. Seeing that Law School and teaching a high school Government class was out of the question, I then questioned, “What is it that I absolutely love, am good at it, and I know I can do?” I think you all know the answer to that!
Although I never made it into the courtroom, I made it to a place where I am most happiest, writing! Not realizing that passions, dreams, and career goals change, when you’re younger, you’re almost forced to have your career plans all figured out, and sometimes, people have already done it for you. Nowadays, people rarely get to live out their dreams, because they’re too busy living out someone else’s. When I worked in higher education, I can’t begin to tell you how many young ladies came to school to be a Nurse, because, “It’s what my mom wanted”, to which I’d then reply, “But what do you want?” I’m sure you can imagine the number of disgruntled looks I encountered, but those students happiness overrode their parent’s intrusive decision making. If only parents, or anyone for that matter, knew the disservice and harm they are causing, all for the sake of their child having the “perfect job”, and no doubt depression, because they are not happy doing what they do. Often times, I wonder where I’d be now had I gone to Law School, and my thoughts are still the same; financially independent, but miserable!
Writing may not make me a lot of money, but it most certainly makes me HAPPY!
Do what YOU love, and then you’ll love what you do!
Until next time my NOTE takers!