I’ll Take Back What I Said

In my post 8 Things I Wish I Knew In High School I said something about doing what you love and how it’s not always the right thing to do. To be exact this is what I wrote:

5. “Do what you love” is not always the right thing to do for a job.
It’s nice to go every morning to a job you love, but that’s not always the case. What you love to do can be your hobby during your spare time. As for a job, let me be frank with you, you need something that will put food on the table. What you love might not be available, or might not help you make living.”

Yeah well, I was wrong.

Lately I’ve been thinking hard about this. I have a college degree that I couldn’t care less about, I am unemployed, and I still don’t know whether I should get a job with my degree or continue post-grad studies. I hate my degree. I hate it because I am not passionate about it. I am good at it, but I know I will never be great, and I don’t want to settle for ‘good’.

I know you’re probably saying “why did you study it then?”. Well, I didn’t know what I want to be. I didn’t know what I am supposed to do in life, so I just applied to random colleges and got accepted in this one. The funniest thing is I’ve had a lot of hobbies and interests during the past years of my life, and none of these interests has to do with the degree I have.

Maybe what I want to do is a job that doesn’t pay well, but you know what? I’d rather be unemployed with a degree that I am proud of than have a high-paying job in a field that I despise. All I wanna say is that you should follow your instincts. Learn to listen to your heart instead of shutting it up every time it tries to tell you something.  

Finally, I wish all your dreams come true and you find your purpose in life.

Peace and love.

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Quick Advice: Keep A Notebook

Sometimes we don’t have someone to talk to, and other times we just want to talk to ourselves to find the roots of a specific problem. While keeping a journal is important and very helpful for many reasons, you also need to keep a small notebook for certain times.

If you are going through a tough time in your life or there’s too much going on and you want to do something to help you understand what’s happening and why you’re reacting like that towards it, I suggest you buy a small notebook and some colored pens and do the following.
1- Write down the problem.
2- Ask yourself the question you want to find the answer for and write it down.
3- Start writing any ideas you think might be the answer.
4- Write down your feelings in form of scattered words.
5- Draw diagrams, cartoon…etc that can express your emotions.
6- Use the colored pens according to the mood that the words indicate.
7- Keep writing, drawing, asking yourself questions, and answering it until you feel better and reach the answer to you problem.
8- Keep that notebook to use it later.

Make this notebook your friend. Trust me it will help you.