“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”- Confucius
As a high school senior, I am learning that finding what you love to do more than anything, and trying to make a life out of it is not very common, and can be very difficult to accomplish. There will be obstacles, people who discourage you, and even times when you doubt yourself. But we can only hope that it is possible and that one day, our dreams can become reality. The vast majority of young people in our generation have no idea what we want to do with our futures or how we want to spend our lives. We worry about finding what we are passionate about so that we know what path to follow, what major to choose in college, or which job offer to accept. But as most of us find, we never simply know what we want in life.
Thankfully, I was lucky enough to find my passion for journalism. I am still learning more about it, and as I learn, I am reassured that this is what I love to do. Not everyone finds their place at such a young age. We are told that it is okay not to know what we want to do yet in the future, and that we are likely to change our minds several times before we get on the path that we will follow for the rest of our lives. But personally, I think that the younger you are when you find your passion, the more time you have to do what you love. Yes, it is acceptable to be unsure of what we want to do at our age, but I think that life is more enjoyable if you know what you want.
When I think about my future career and where it might take me, I do not dread it or get stressed, instead I am excited for it! Before I realized what my passion was, I thought maybe I would like to be an attorney or a businessperson, a job that I could make a lot of money doing, because if I had a lot of money, I would be happier. So if you are thinking of becoming a doctor just because you want the financial benefits that come with that job, I strongly urge you to reconsider. Although it may be hard to grasp, money and happiness are not the same thing. At some point, you will realize that you would rather be the happy and poor than miserable and wealthy.
If you get anything out of reading this article, I hope it is this: avoid any big decisions that you will regret, but live your life exactly how you want to live it. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot do something professionally if it is what you love to do. If you have the perseverance to work hard and achieve your goals, that is how you will end up being happy, not by doing what others say you should do.
Passion is not something we can grasp; it is part of our life that is influenced by who we are: our talents and our interests. Most of the time, discovering your passion requires you to abandon what you are familiar with or what will be the most comfortable path to follow, and to take the plunge into situations that make you happy.