People who live with a purpose tend to live longer. I read that, or a variation of, the other day on Twitter and thought, “I’ll be six feet under by 35,” because at almost 30…I have no idea what I truly want to do. Whoa Kendra, I thought you loved writing and your blogs? Is what some may ask and the answer to that is yes but as I get older and job offers become more like UFO sightings in an upscale neighborhood, I start to doubt myself and at the same time, if not writing – what?
Crawford Smith went to college with politics in mind, but soon after majoring in political science and graduating – it was clear to him that was not the path he was meant for. With a degree in hand and a song in his heart, he decided music was what he wanted to do but found freelance writing paid his bills. Today he spends his time putting words down and marketing to fuel his real passion, music and his band, Notta Comet. Now we’ll get to learn more from a man who works in one field to earn his way in another.
Not everyone will be lucky enough to work in a field they are passionate about. That guy you just sassed working at Jack in the Box, yeah – it’s not likely that’s what he thought about doing when he grew up – so give him a break. Unless he was a total ass to you. If that was the case, I feel why you felt the need to sass…so nevermind. The point is, again, not everyone working today is doing something they absolutely love. Some have to work to help fuel a hobby, others work to pass the time and pay their way through life with no real “passion” in mind and of course there are those out there who work to ensure their kids are fed. Like that dude at Jack’s, my mom didn’t daydream about being a cashier in a small town and listening to drunks 75% of the time but that was the hand she was dealt and she made due because me and my brothers liked the little things like food, water, Pokemon cards and Backstreet Boys VHS’. That’s my mom’s generation though. They were more about getting shit done than living in a fantasy land. They didn’t have PSAs about reaching for the stars and whatnot. That’s this week’s topic; having a job versus having a career.
College is only worth it if you make it so. Spending four more years in classrooms after high school for a degree does not make you a worthwhile individual if you have no clue why you even went or what to do after graduation. We need to stress to college students that college isn’t just about obtaining the degree, it’s about getting the most out of that time by doing more than just homework. If I’d only realized these things sooner…