Please excuse me if I happen to jump all over the place in this post. What I’m about to talk about it something I’ve been wanting to write for a while now so here we go!
Have you ever had something you are beyond passionate about? I do too. Something about Marine Biology really stood out to me. How? Every time I watch a documentary or something that has to do with nature and our oceans, I’m always immediately intrigued by it and I’m wanting to know it all!
With that being said, have you ever had anyone that has doubted you? Wondered, why would you want to do that? I HAVE. I can’t fully express how it felt but let’s just say it’s a heart wrenching feeling to have someone doubt what you love. Here’s a brief story about a very odd situation I encountered once.
About 5 years ago or so I was working in the physical therapy field. There was one particular day I remember. I had an interview at a physical therapists facility literally in the parking lot next to my apartment complex at the time so first I thought how awesome it would be to just walk to work! Now, at the time I was still working mornings at the preschool I now work full time but back then I wanted an afternoon job so I could quit my other full time job. OK, back to the interview lol. I remember sitting in his office and honestly from the start I had an off feeling about him. He asked where I went to school and was asking me questions that I wouldn’t expect to be asked and by that I mean that he was asking more personal questions about me instead of more about the job I was applying for. That right there was already throwing me off….
THEN, I’m sitting there and he asks me. “so what do you want to do later on?” I answered by stating that I was into physical therapy but I see my future going a different direction. (Keep in mind I was just being honest with the guy and I wasn’t really relying on getting this job) When I told him that I wanted to go into Marine Biology he just sat there with a blank look on his face and then very rudely asked, “what’s that?” TRUST ME I can tell when someone is curious or somewhat interested and he was NOT. Which is fine BUT I think theres a way you can go about it without being rude OR just don’t ask. So I briefly explained what the job title means and what they do and all he could ask me was, “does it even pay much? Is there enough jobs out there for that specific job title?” AT THAT POINT I just looked at him and told him that it’s something I WANT TO DO in the future. I think by then he sort of got a little hint that he was crossing the line a tad bit.
Took him long enough!!
At the end of the interview there was no way I wanted to work for a person like that. I was looking for an afternoon job to help relieve stress from my full-time job and by taking this one it would have been just as bad. They offered me the position and I kindly turned them down.
LOVE YOUR HATERS
My point from all of this is to not let people like that bring you down!
I had a close friend (at the time) tell me I was doing NOTHING with my life and that I was only a preschool teacher… More was said but honestly it’s not worth bringing up. That statement alone was more than enough to shock me and made me rethink who I’m allowing in my life. These things that was being said to me by this person was from a place of anger and hate. Let’s just say that friendship ended that day. I rarely think about it but when I do play back that conversation I can’t help but think how happy I am to not have such negative people in my life anymore! I’m 100% serious when I say I don’t regret the decision I made that day and nor do I regret it now.
I will say that I feel bad for people like that. People that want to hurt others just to try and feel better about their lives. I know where I’m going in life and I can GUARANTEE you, I’m going to be successful with my career and I’m going to live a damn good life!
As you grow older you will start to truly see people for who they are. It may feel unfortunate at first and painful but TRUST ME, cutting ties with people like that will be the best thing you ever do. No need to have all that negative energy near you!
I like to look back at these situations sometimes because it made me so much stronger as an individual! I now have way more respect for myself and not allowing others tear me down. You’re always going to have non supporters that want to bring you down and watch with a bowl of popcorn!
DON’T LET THEM!!
Go after what you love to do or what your passionate about! I dare you 😉
I’m 25 and YES I’ve just recently started school this past year for my career and I’M DAMN PROUD! You might know at age 15 what you want to do for the rest of your life, or you might not know until your 30. Don’t rush to find your passion. I can truly say that I feel like my passion chose me. I didn’t wake up one morning and say HEY! I want to be a marine biologist! NOPE! I also didn’t grow up near the beach to where I practically lived on it (unfortunately). It honestly just continued to spark inside of me as I got older after watching documentaries and inspiring marine biologists. Now, I’m not saying I didn’t like marine biology when I was younger because I did. I was always intrigued when watching or learning about anything that had to do with the ocean or nature but I didn’t fully not know what I wanted to do until now.
Excuse my language but YES!! Believe in yourself!
Thet best advice I can give to those of you that don’t know what you want to do yet, stay in school (or go to school)! Yeah I know that sounds very cheesy but I’m serious! I wish I would have stayed in school after high school but life got in the way and I went into a different career choice. For me, it worked out because if it wasn’t for all my struggles in the past, I wouldn’t be where I am today! I still encourage you all to stay in school and if you’re not in school then GO! Sometimes that’s the best way to open up and see what you like doing!
ALSO, be sure to surround yourself with others that have your back and support you! I have an amazing support system and I couldn’t be happier! Having my family and friends there for me is something I’m very thankful for.
We are all going to experience someone or something standing in our way when it comes to following our dreams. Stay open minded and stay positive! It will all be worth it later on down the road. YOU GOT THIS!
Hope you all find your passion and follow it!
Have a fun and safe rest of your week! Talk to you all soon!