We spend approximately 12 years of our lives trying to decide if we want to pursue higher education, and if so what exactly do we want to study and practice for the rest of our lives? I’m not sure how many of us actually spend that full 12 years thinking about this, but I’m inclined to think not many; however by the time we do start thinking about our future long term goal, many of us begin to look into careers that pay the most money to help dictate which direction we’re going to go in. Now don’t get me wrong that’s all fine and dandy, but how many people actually think about what their passionate about and not so much of who’s paying the most? I mean come on if you’re going to have to do this for the rest of your life shouldn’t it at least be something you enjoy? I just feel like if you’re doing what you are passionate about then you will excel in that beyond belief. As cliché’ as this is going to sound, I really believe in the saying that “If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life” and I’m sorry I don’t want to work hunny. This brings me to what this blog is all about.
It’s actually taken me about 6 years to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. I went from nursing, to education, to social work, then psychology, and there was something in each one of those careers that I enjoyed, but none fit perfectly, until a couple of months ago when I started looking into Occupational Therapy. Occupational therapy is so rewarding for someone like me. I get to exercise all the things I’m passionate about. I get to work with patients; I get to teach by showing young and older people how to use their motor skills again after suffering from a stroke, or maybe a car or sports accident. Occupational therapy will also allow me to help patients cope with the different emotions they may experience while learning cognitive skills again which is where the Psychology comes into play.
Even though it’s taken me this long I am finally excited in knowing that I found what I love.
If you’re trying to figure out what direction to go in with life know that’s it’s never too late to change, really think about what your passionate about, and remember that the race is not given to the swift nor the strong, but to he that endures until the end (Ecclesiastes 9:11)