As of late, this quote has been tossing and turning in my head a whole lot--“Your career should be an extension of who you are and what you love.” A search around the net turned up indefinite results as to the origins of this quote. Nevertheless, as idealistic and clichéd as it sounds, I believe it’s the most fundamental thing anyone about to enter the workforce should harbour in his or her heart. Even though the saddest part is that this often gets brushed aside as being “too idealistic” and “unlike reality”—I believe if we actually believed the contrary to these two common reactions to the quote in question, we’ll excel more in doing what we actually love instead of being focused on “reality.”
For sure, time is of essence when it comes to building a career--although I am no expert in this area, there seems to be that window of several years that allows you to jump ship without significant or dire consequences. After that window of several years, there seems to be a general consensus that you better buckle down to “reality” if things aren’t going the way you hoped while you’ve been running after that dream you’ve kept in you—to do what you love instead of embracing “reality.”
What is reality, anyway? We all have a firm grasp on our own reality, which means we are in control of our own realities. What if your reality isn’t the reality you’ve pictured yourself in several years back? Move. Get up, make some changes, and just move. Sure, it’s definitely easier said than done. But it’s not impossible. Recent experiences and encounters have made me more adamant than ever in this belief of mine—that I cannot, ever find myself “stuck” in a position doing what I don’t believe in. In other words, I can never commit myself wholeheartedly to anything I do not completely believe in. Of course, there will be times when it will be necessary to do things I find uncomfortable, and things I find difficult. But uncomfortable and difficult tasks are different from tasks that I don’t believe in. Idealistic, cut-off from reality—whatever you may call it, I’m proud that I belong in a generation that no longer sits around buckling down to that false “reality”—and that this is a generation that is increasingly recognizing that we have control over our realities and although it may be hard to achieve that reality we so desperately long for, a lot of us are willing to stand up to traditional notions (in general) to achieve our reality.