Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Right to Happiness

I'm a graphic design student. More or less, I study art. It's not an easy thing to study: There are sleepless nights working, sacrifices made and -of course- many, many tears shed. You put so much effort and work into what you do that if it were between you or your piece being hit by a bus, you would throw yourself into it. It's extremely hard, but it is very well worth it in the end.

I've always had an interest in medicine. Since the age of three I said I was going to be a doctor when I grew up. That's obviously changed. But I still really like medicine, despite the fact that sometimes I feel like I live in a medical drama gone wrong. I do a lot of reading on the subject and watch a lot of reality documentaries about doctors, nurses and patients (international and otherwise). I am often able to understand 'doctor talk' and I think it's interesting.

A lot of people have asked me why I don't study medicine if I'm so interested in it and keep art as a hobby. You may even be wondering this yourself. The difference, my dear, is passion. I don't have passion for medicine the way I do art. Nothing is worth doing if there is no passion. Both are very difficult, but rewarding careers. I wouldn't want to be the doctor, nurse or whoever who does her job without caring and goes home: it's not fair to me or -more importantly- my patients. It's just the same with the designer who does generic work and goes home: it isn't fair to their clients or them. A lot of people don't understand that.

You can't let others write your life for you, just as they don't let you write theirs. Life is only so long, you can't waste it doing what others want. You have the right to be happy. You have the right to do what you love. You can do whatever drives you, you just have to put the work into it. Don't let someone pressure you into something you don't want to do. It could end well, but often times it doesn't. Be brave. Put yourself first. You have the right to be happy.


4 comments:

  1. This was a great post, like for real. There's absolutely no point in pursuing something if you aren't passionate about it. I've always believed that you've got to follow what you're passionate about, by any means necessary, because money will be very unimportant if you're miserable on a daily basis.
    Doing things that make you happy is the most important thing in life, as selfish as it may seem. It's something I've learned being chronically ill.

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    1. Thanks!
      Growing up I was always told "do what you love and the money will come."
      I discovered being happy is most important because of chronic illness too: I think you go through a lot of hardship, you find the one thing really worth it all in the end is happiness. :)

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  2. Lovely to read your post. When I was younger I didn't follow my passion and decided to follow the money route, I suppose I can't complain too much because I have eneded up doing what I love, but I think it was a lot harder finding my way and feel I feel I've missed out on many things that I loved.

    So now I like to tell everyone to follow your passions, because no matter what you end up doing at least you would have (hopefully) enjoyed getting there.

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    1. Thank you!
      I think the most important thing is that you ended up loving what you do. :)

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