In a Personal Finance course I took in college, one of the main lessons my teacher preached was to have other sources of income besides your main career. Take your interests and turn them into small business ventures he'd say. I'm a girl of many hobbies and when settling on a undergraduate major, I struggled with what my true single calling was. I leaned toward Design school but was not too shabby in my science courses -- I enjoyed learning all about typography but loved to escape to my fiber's projects. Post college, I have friends who have their charted path: law school, med school, graphic designer, the banking world...but I've never seemed to find my single direction.
Yes, I'm in route to graduate school for photography, but that doesn't mean I'm not taking on freelance graphic design projects or honing my sewing skills. I'd love to volunteer more or help my hub with his music -- but how are there enough hours in the day if I'm strapped to one full-time job?
In normal life, one's supposed to go college, receive a degree, pursue a job or advanced degree, maneuver their life through the career they've chosen and retire at the appropriate age, in just enough time to do all the other things they were interested when they were young. Whoa, why the wait? I get the whole financial security side of it (well sort of, look at the world today), but that path seems tiring and uninspiring to me.
I don't want to sound like a floater -- that I can't become serious about anything -- because one thing I don't lack is passion. But I want to share the crazy struggles that perplex in my mind. I understand that to become a doctor it takes extreme sacrifice and time (thank goodness that's not my path!) but I also know there is a reason why the greatest basketball player of all time retired to take up baseball. Am I making sense? Do you feel this way? I'm not proposing answers or recommendations to how anyone should live their life. I just like to dabble, here and there, into my interests. Do you wish you could dabble more? and find a way to do more than one thing in life?