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High School Column: Content to the end

Posted: February 8, 2018 3:12 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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For the past three years, this time of the year has remained a hectic one. It is time for one of my favorite school events, Miss L-E. This means after-school practices, getting my nails and hair done, spray tans, and a lot of fun craziness. The part of competition I value most in Miss L-E is the interview and on-stage question. In the past, I prepared for questions such as, “how can one person make a difference in society?” or, “what is the most important issue facing this generation?” I had never given much weight to the questions, because I was only concerned with having a clear and precise stage answer.

This year one of the questions that piqued my interested was, “if money and skill were no option, what would be your ideal career?” This question really stopped me in my tracks because there are options available to choose my ideal career. It is suddenly a daunting question. When I think about it, I think about all the advice adults have given me about their regrets or things they wish they had done differently. I often wonder what their determining factors were when they were able to choose their paths. What advice did they not take? What career paths did they overlook? How do you learn from others’ experiences? More important, how do I incorporate what I am learning from them so that I will choose the ideal career?

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are those who have known what career they’ve wanted to pursue from an early age. These are the people that look back over a lifetime and feel content with their decisions. This seems to be a minute proportion of society. What’s their secret? Their daily satisfaction is what I strive to one day have.

At this point, the most prevalent question I get is, “what are you going to do after graduation?” and I feel pressured to have an answer. It is almost always the first thing you get asked in the grocery store or at work by your elders. As for my ideal career, hopefully it is one that I can look back on in 30 years and feel more than content. Currently, I am not sure what that is. Perhaps the answer lies in the question, “what is your ideal career?” Maybe it is more important for me to do what makes me happy -- as opposed to what sounds pleasing.

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