Throughout life, we experience a series of “forks in the road.” At these points in time we are forced to decide between two opposing choices. Like whether to pursue medicine like your family says or find your own passion and career. (With one your life is being dictated with the other you have complete control) Like whether or not you turn down drugs because of the bombarding drug prevention campaigns…Like the Robert Frost poem with “the one less traveled by…” I believe I have come to one of those points in my life again. This was unexpected, but I find that, at this age you have the choice to morph into two kinds of people:
The person who hoards a collection of useless knowledge through the years of college and then Graduate school,and relies solely on the credentials of his or her academic accomplishments to carry them through life; And you know, it works for ALOT of people. Still, I can not imagine a life where I am so tied down to a educational schedule, to later be tied down to a strict work schedule and haunted incessantly by loans which I borrowed to enable all this. On the other hand, you can be a true maverick setting your own goals, going to a school (if you choose) that caters to your needs for a change, and deciding all on your own every turn because there are no roads where your headed.
Analyzing the occupational markets of the United States has left me no faith in the American education system and has further aggravated the sore spot left in my mind by the American culture. Still, it is drilled in our minds that we will not succeed in life unless we go to a college whose yearly tuition resembles the price of a brand new BMW. I applaud the masterminds that have allowed for this to become the norm. Makes it easy to forget that some of America’s wealthiest citizens probably failed their SAT’s. But I can not let my peers keep thinking like this! These cop out careers may offer a great deal of security, and well…security, if your willing to watch your life slip through your fingers and right into the 401k system.
It all depends though, on who you are. Some people (believe it or not) actually like being told what to do, and as a matter of fact wouldn’t know what to do if not told…But if your not one of these people, save yourself the midlife crisis and give it some real thought. It won’t be easy to dig deep inside yourself and examine your very core, your soul and the essence of your being to find the right path. It’s not easy. One day far, far into your future your parents, your aunts and uncles, your teachers, your academic advisers, and almost every adult you’ve ever met will be dead or senile. You certainly should not make life decisions based on the wants of any of these people.
It’s strictly a matter of balls and brains. I can’t tell you what to do, I can only tell you what I think. Now it’s your turn to think…Just how seriously do you take your life anyhow?
“I don’t take my life seriously, but I do take what I do – in my life – seriously -” — Audrey Hepburn