Moving through life, I have made some right choices by my parents. Though, sometimes I have left their advice behind too. Advice that stems from:-
‘We have put in the hard work so you can have an easy life son.’
Just listen and you’ll be happy. Jump into a career that isn’t your fathers; sit comfortably while you make your life. Love will follow. It’s the way to go. Weave through life my way, because my experience has shown me that is it the way. It is the RIGHT way.
Right into school. Left the value of school grades. Right into a renowned school. Left enthusiasm of homework for anime and games. Right into university. Left the career choice of engineering for something enjoyable. Right in completing a degree.
Now I am here; with a cohort that has similar things to say. The more I hear people talking, the more there is a persisting theme. To move forward this next step, you only seem to have one choice.
The ultimatum of a young adult:-
Career or Passions?
The people around me have caught
on to the term quarter life crisis.
I have no passion for this; she says.
But nothing can be done without money.
When will I feel myself again doing the things I love?
Do you go right? Do you go left?
I heard a story about an apprentice woodcutter who had the greatest of motivations. He chose the right path of career. He started cutting the most trees; initially. The second week he works just as hard, yet his performance reduces. By the third, he has dropped to the bottom tier in terms of numbers despite extra effort without taking lunch breaks.
When confronted about his performance, the apprentice was unsure why more work left him with poorer results.
‘Did you take the time to sharpen your axe?’
Getting the job done is more important than anything to the man. So he spent all his time on cutting trees without anything else. Rushing to become the best and most effective.
This isn’t the time to rush. What drives us down this path? Yes, time is ticking, but. There is no real need for the answer tomorrow. Something as important probably wouldn’t just take a week to pop up; though it can happen. Fast-tracked lifestyle in this modern world needs to slow down to take this seriously.
I choose neither left nor right. I choose to stay right here.
For the time being.