Majorly mind your own business

Graphic by Philip Su

One of the progressive things about the age we live in is the ability people have to pursue the areas of learning that genuinely interest them.

I would like to believe that education is always broadening and we are no longer limited to only “sustainable” options of employment and schooling.

I’ll never become a doctor since bodily fluids unnerve me and I have the unfortunate tendency to laugh when I’m uncomfortable.

A mathematician is out of the dream bank since the multiplication tables higher than six stress me out.

Anything else that involves streamlined practicality doesn’t interest me either.

I’m drawn more to the things that are genuinely connected to my passions rather than complete necessity.

I have bounced around numerous career paths, as many typically do when they’re attempting to choose the one thing that they want to spend most of their life doing.

It can be a daunting task and it’s certainly not something that I take lightly.

Originally, when I was majoring in film (something that will forever be an unabashed joy of mine), the general responses I received when I shared this information were off-putting, to say the least.

People looked at me with utter puzzlement and concern, as though I had professed a love for grave robbing or wanted to become a nudist hermit on Easter Island.

We live in a world where it is incredibly easy to share opinions (no matter what they may be).

Although that can be a valuable thing, it can also be an unnecessarily obtrusive element to everyday living.

I don’t know when the line between common decency and “free speech” was blurred, but it feels like an all too frequent happenstance in which I hear very pointed remarks regarding choices that have absolutely nothing to do with the person voicing them.

I have always considered the possibility of teaching, which is something that I know would make me happy, if I eventually settled on it as a permanent choice.

When others discovered this, I almost always heard, “well you know it’s almost impossible to find teaching jobs these days.”

Thank you, random man in the store, for making me completely reconsider my professional prospects.

I’ll be damned, you’ve somehow changed my entire mindset on life itself by feeding me vague statistics about teaching unemployment rates.

I have yet to officially decide what I want to do.

For now I’ve settled on a “top five” group of choices that routinely float around my mind and connect to the subjects and interests that bring me the most happiness and fulfillment.

I realize that not everything I like and want to seek-out in my life will resonate with each individual that I come across.

The same goes for my opinions on other people’s decisions about their lives as well.

However, it has never occurred to me to openly criticize or show disdain for a subject that someone else is getting an education for and majoring in.

To each their own and no matter what you may want, it’s entirely up to you to strive to get it.

Of course there are always going to be jobs that are more challenging, more competitive and more difficult to obtain.

Yet, if a person is willing to put forth the effort to get there and they deem it worth that added effort, then why the hell shouldn’t they do it?

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