When people say, “I have always wanted to be a doctor,” did they always know that is what they wanted to do? Is it their passion? Is it convenient? Or did they have some passion surrounding them to push them towards that path?
For example, I believe deep down, I always knew what I was passionate about, but it needed to be developed and discovered through trial and error.
I majored in marketing in college and have had three marketing jobs in the last three years. What made me even choose marketing? Part of me thought it was because of the connection to psychology? Ironically, every job I have had made me like marketing less and less. Through all those jobs, I reflected on how I have always been an empathetic person who loves to help others, listen to their struggles and stories and provide a helping hand. Whether this was helping family, friends, or even strangers, I enjoyed the feeling when I was doing this. I would consider this my passion; this is something that fills my mind with happiness and makes me feel whole. I also love learning about the brain, thinking patterns and hearing stories of people who overcame trauma, mental challenges, etc. I hope that my passion for caring for and helping others, learning about the brain, the mind, and mental health techniques will lead me to a career where I can be fulfilled and passionate about.
With that being said, I am in my Master’s program to become a Mental Health Counselor. I did not know I wanted to do this, but it was established through my career paths, interests, and passions.
One last thought: throughout school, most people go towards the subjects they are good at and have good grades in. People say that if you are good at math, why don’t you look at accounting majors or schools? If you’re good at science, why don’t you look into engineering or physics programs?
I wish schools did a better job at looking at more than just grades. You never see teachers say, “You are killing it in Orchestra” Are you interested in doing something in the future with music. You are great at art, why don’t you consider going to art school. It is because these subjects seem unrealistic from a carrier standpoint. They are taken as electives….” Easy A’s” So when you do good in them, people expect that.
This led me to a couple of questions that I would love to hear from the community.
Is passion innate, or do you need to develop that passion over time?
How do we push people to follow their passions more? Does it start with parenting? Teachers?