How many of you have heard this?
I wonder, is it possible to just work a job that pays the bills? Is it possible to do EVERYTHING that makes me happy and have that separate from my place of employment?
This seems more realistic to me but I wonder if I'm jaded or actually grasping this aspect of life.
We're sent off to college being told to major in something we like and are good at. We do this, and are only told towards the end of our college careers that we may not get a job in our field upon graduating. If we do, it most likely will be at a lesser level. The chances of a journalism graduate making more than $9.00 an hour are very slim. So what do we do?
We find a job/career that will pay us to do the things we've always wanted to do. We LIVE. And lets face it, LIVING costs money. Money has to be earned. So we work with whatever we can. And we're still HAPPY.
Why couldn't we just be told this was the way it could work out from the beginning? Why make me believe I could be a movie star and famous singer if I just practiced? Why tell me I could be a Pulitzer Prize winner if I perfected my copy writing skills and interviewing questions in COMM 253? Instead, why not PREPARE the countless grads for the statistics and prospects they are up against while still instilling in them the same ambition and determination they possess when believing in an idealistic future? Why not give us something real to strive for instead of setting us up for disappointment?
I wish I hadn't been so scared when I graduated. I wish I hadn't accepted the first man that accepted me, the first job that promised me management and the first school that promised me a masters. I wish i hadn't been so scared of failing that I hid.
So now, I'm simply LIVING. I'm using what I have, to do what I love and what keeps me happy. There's no more idealistic dreams...there's just me. I'm full of greatness, I just don't know where it will be used yet. I don't mind waiting and failing because I'm doing what makes me happy, but simply doing EVERYTHING and working with what will actually keep that going. Money is a necessity. Happiness is a luxury.