Finding Your Niche  

rm_Elysia2005 43F
512 posts
7/21/2005 4:56 pm

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Finding Your Niche

Different than what I referenced in an earlier post...

I recently met a really sweet guy who has invested a lot of time, money, and effort... into a career he really doesn't want. And it's one of those careers where you really should love what you're doing, or just not do it at all. So why does he do it? Other people's expectations, combined with what's more practical, even if his heart isn't in it.

It was a watershed moment in which I once again realized how blessed I am.

I chose a career path at a relatively young age, one where I could be considered successful by just about anyone's standards. I resolutely followed all the steps for that path, and then, in my first year of college... realized I had no real flair for it, nor really any love for it. And so I changed majors, to something less presitigious and financially viable, but still respectable. Went for another two and a half years before realizing I was in the right church but the wrong pew, so to speak. Let myself get knocked up, and married to a guy I never should have married. All of this, by the by, squandered a full scholarship. Full. Room. Board. Books. Tuition. Most fees. Went back two and a half years later, for another course of study that was even less practical, often misunderstood by anyone not in the field, one of those jobs that people think is quite nice... for someone ELSE to do. And yet I'm happy. Truly happy. I'll make a decent living. I'll never be rich, and fully expect my kids to resent this when they hit the fast-approaching teenage years. But I will do what I love, and do it well, and in that sense have success beyond measure. And most of all... I live MY dream. Nobody else's. Sometimes I forget, that the chance to do that is really a luxury.

redmustang91 57M  
8599 posts
7/25/2005 7:10 am

Ineffiencent route but right destination. congrats on living your dream and not someone else's. I was lucky and went straight through to get the right profession straight after college. So long as you find it, taking the scenic route takes longer and is more expensive, but so what.

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