Maybe it's just me, and I sure hope not, but I've always thought that even if you get a good job that pays the bills and allows you to have some leisure time, what's the point if you don't enjoy what you're doing? Yes you should be grateful that you have a job etc but is it really all that great if you don't enjoy it? So now I'm at the age of trying, and failing, to think of what I want to do when I leave sixth form, I have two voices in my ears nattering and arguing. Let's call the the Realist and the Dreamer.
The Realist is saying, do what you're best at and what you know will lead to a stable, comfortable job. Even if you don't enjoy it, you will be secure.
The Dreamer says, Do what you love, then even if things are tough, you will enjoy what you are doing and see past the bad.
Were I to listen to these voices, following the Realist, I would go down the maths, possibly science, and more academic route, leading to a job possibly in law/ accounting/ teaching and the like. These are all very admirable jobs and you have to work hard to get to them but would I really what to be doing something just to be safe and not because I love doing it? Don't get me wrong, I do like maths and I could potentially see myself as a teacher, but I wouldn't feel completely satisfied doing it.
Following the Dreamer, I would go down the path of probably college then some kind of course in Photography/ Design/ Interior Stylist job. The thing is, with those jobs, only a small proportion of people get to do exciting, interesting things. But my ideal day of work would be one where I'm say, photographing someone's wedding or taking photos for a fashion magazine. Or even designing someone's room, the furniture that'll go in it, matching colours and textures. But is that do much of a dream? And how the heck do I go about fulfilling it?? I don't want to be stuck in the same everyday routine, I want to be able to create something that people with perhaps appriciate. Being a wedding photographer must be the most amazing thing! Yes, its a lot of pressure as for many people it will be their first and last time getting married, but just imagine the atmosphere and having the responsibility of making memories that will last a lifetime and longer. That is the kind of thing that I would love to do.
That's all I'm gonna say about this for now, I'm sure I'll update these thoughts later on in life when I am a more experienced individual. Short Disclaimer: I am in no means, of course, saying that academic jobs are easy/ boring/ striaghtforward/ anything like that, they are just not for me I don't think. I really admire people who go into these jobs!! My best friend wants to do a History degree and I think that's amazing and something to strive for, If that's what you want to do, go for it! And likewise, if you are like me and wishing for a job in the creative/design industry then follow it. My issue with me is I can't decide what I want and it frustrates me and I just needed to share it in the hope it can help someone (somehow??) or someone else is thinking the same thing.
On a brighter note, I finish exams tomorrow!!! Yayyyyy!!!! I will probably write a short-ish blog post about that and plans for the summer.