Being an Indian American woman, growing up, I was constantly fed on what were the perfect and “acceptable” professions. They were: doctor, engineer, and lawyer (the latest addition to the list). Those are noble professions and for those who love these jobs, that’s fantastic, but they were not perfect for me.
I Felt I had to Conform to Their Definition and Norms
I struggled with this definition. In high school, I went to several medical school related seminars and events, in an effort to try to convince myself I could become a doctor. Luckily, in my senior year of high school, I realized it was not my cup of tea.
After graduating college, I bounced from jobs at finance, healthcare, and consulting companies. But none satisfied me.
Finally Realized The Perfect Job Had to be Right Only For Me
The thought had been lurking in me for sometime, but it just clicked one day. Writing was something that was possible to do as a living. I just had to believe it did and not care about others’ opinions.
The more important question was: Did I feel happy doing what I was doing? If the answer was yes, then I should just keep going.
Your perfect job has to be right ONLY for you. Not anyone else. If you feel happy and secure, then that’s your definition and it fits you. Everyone has a different definition of what is right for them and as long as your job fits your idea, that’s all you need.
Is your job perfect for you? Please share with me in the comments!