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It got me thinking…
My daughter was watching a video on neural timing and behavior, neural plasticity, and neural regeneration (yeah, I wonder as well…), and I was on my laptop working, so without thinking I said, “Oh baby, that’s what mommy studied! I can explain all these things!” She looked at me all puzzled and exclaimed, “Ha! You are kidding me! You don’t know anything about all these things! You are simply a writer!”
I was shocked! Yeah, I am a writer now.. But this is not what I studied.. I got a First Class Honors degree, I have an MSc, I have had a long and successful career as a psychologist, I majored in neuropsychology and psychosis. Hell, my clients still call me and ask if there is any chance I might be able to see them again! Most people in my field know me, those with access to me always check my opinion before major publishments… and my baby looks at me like I’m an idiot. What went wrong?
“You are simply a writer.” Simply?
It got me thinking, what if the job you end up doing, the job you love, is not what you studied? What if you have a successful career but then do a 180° and go back to start over, chasing your dreams? I did it, but I’m me.. I always chase my dreams in the end. What about you? Do you do what you love? Do you chase your dreams? Tomorrow morning, are you going to your dream job? I am.
I did it, when I had to reset everything. I figured it was now or never, so when I got offered the chance, I grabbed it with both hands and am smiling ever since. Yes, it was hard (it still is.. I’m making much less money, the hours are incredibly long, and people still look at me like I lost it when I made this choice, but I am smiling more, and I am living the dream). But how do you go about it?
If you are considering changing your career path, know it is a bumpy ride -especially if you are now successful. Know you will need to start over, you will be at the bottom of the food chain, and everyone will make sure you know. Trust me, it is temporary. Of course, I had to prove my worth, I had to work hard and listen. I am grateful for my editor, she took a chance with me, and I thank her every chance I get. She taught me everything, and she never made me feel small, but this was my good luck. So be prepared for long nights, relearning everything, and doing it with a smile.
Do you know what you want to do?
It has its ups and downs. You will spend days and nights wondering if you have done the right thing. It is much easier if you are younger and have just yourself to look after; it is much harder doing it all with a baby in your arms. But I did it. And you can, too. Will it last? Who knows… Did I do the right thing? You never know until the fat lady sings, and even then it is debatable. But life is short, and we will all die one day… more money today does not mean you will have more money tomorrow; job security does not mean you will have it forever.
Take a leap of faith, follow up with hard work.. And never forget, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Be willing to work hard, be thankful, and never let them forget you are worth it.
If all else fails, message me.. We’ll cry and laugh together hahaha