Your career represents a huge part of your life and personality; on the one hand it says a lot about who you are and how you want to contribute to the world, and on the other hand you’re stuck with it every day - probably for the rest of your life.
In the usual expected story, you grow up, go to school, go to college, get a job, and that’s about it for the rest of your existence on the planet! But let’s get realistic; today’s world is filled with options and you can always choose to change what you’re doing with your life.
I grew up as a very clever student; I did my homework, I passed my tests with excellent grades, and my school and parents were proud - but I always felt that something was missing. I knew I was more than just an A student but I didn’t realize it until many years later. I graduated school with high grades and because I was very good at science I decided to study it. Four years later, I have a Bachelor’s Degree and I still have no idea what to do with it.
After getting my degree, I realized that I don’t enjoy working in experimental science and that even though I love science and always will, there was something else I wasn’t paying attention to: my creative side. Science requires you to be analytical and rational, and maybe this is why I’ve loved it since I was a child. However, what I didn’t know about myself was that the creative part in my personality has a very big hold on me. I love writing, reading literature, and experimenting with cinema and other arts. What I didn’t pay attention to for many years suddenly came bursting out of me and it was impossible to ignore.
I decided to follow my passion and start a career as a writer. And ever since I did that the world around me started freaking me out and people would say: “Why did you waste four years of your life majoring in science? You’ll never find a job or start a career!” or “You’ll never make it as a writer; you’re not talented!” and many more things like that.
In the beginning I was really scared, but I really believe that if we only get to live once then we should spend the time we have on discovering ourselves and getting to know who we really are; and we can only do that by doing what we love and what we are passionate about.
As I said, today’s modern world is filled with so many options and opportunities you can seize; you just have to reach for it and believe in yourself!