Today, I had an moment of realization, an epiphany, something. Whatever you want to call it.
It’s the last day of regular class, and things are slowing down. Most teachers are putting on a movie and going to their desk. I’ve been relaxed and not really worrying. But third period rolls around, and the class is buzzing— everyone is talking and laughing and playing on their phones.
The door slams shut. My teacher says, “Alright, phones away. Listen up.”
Considering this is the class we spend watching silly videos on the internet, I was somewhat intrigued as to what he had to say. This is it.
“Okay, listen up guys. A lot of you are graduating, and I’m sure you’re heading off to college, right? You’re going to go to college, and then you’ll go apply for a job. There’s a good chance you’ll find your career. And about 75% of you will hate it.”
“More than half of everyone in the United States hates their job. So I’m going to give you some advice— hopefully if I can teach you anything, it’s this:
Do something you love. Find a career you’re passionate about.
Don’t get a job because you’re going to make a lot of money, or because you think it’s the only job you’re going to get. You don’t have to go to college. You don’t have to do something you hate. You can get a job doing anything if you really love it enough.”
That was it. Advice I’d probably heard before. But this time it got me thinking. Yes, this may not be the problem looking me straight in the face right now, but i’ll have to think about this sometime, and I might as well get a head start.
What do I love? What am I passionate about? Sure, there are lots of things I like. But just because I like guitar, that doesn’t mean I want to be a musician or a guitar teacher.
And then it hit me. The one thing I can truly say I would love more than anything in the world. I want to travel. I want to see the world. Take it as you may— think it’s cheesy or unreasonable, I don’t care.
But I can imagine traveling to different countries, helping people. Teaching English to students in Russia. Or building houses in Africa. Exploring in South America. Anything.
I just want to meet new people, and learn languages and cultures and see things I’ve never seen. Maybe I won’t be able to do it. But maybe I will.
And that’s all I can seem to think of right now.
Because adventure is out there. I think I’d like to spend my life finding it.