People spend too much thinking what is practical and realistic, without truly living life. When I was growing up, there were limited choices for what was considered “realistic” career choices.
My parents were open minded and let me do my own thing, but I did feel pressure from my family friends. Going to family friend parties, I was confronted about what I was going to do as a living.
The Only Choices Were: Doctor, Engineer, or Lawyer
Everyone around me was studying to become a doctor, engineer, or lawyer. I felt out of place. I ended up studying Economics at UC Davis, though deep down I really wanted to major in English instead. But I took the more conventional route.
I worked in finance, search, healthcare, and then became a recruiter.
People Gave Me Strange Looks when I Said I was a Recruiter
Once I settled into becoming a recruiter, I told my family friends I was a recruiter. They wrinkled their nose and looked at me oddly. They wouldn’t say it, but I knew they thought I was not doing any good in my life. They thought my education hadn’t been put to good use.
Now that I think about it, what really is a realistic career choice? Who cares about if it’s considered realistic to society or not?
The more important questions to ask is: Do you feel fulfilled? Do you feel happy doing your work? I have started asking these questions to myself. I want to find joy in my work every moment.
What are your thoughts on this post? Please share with me in the comments.