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I didn’t pursue my dreams. Best thing I ever did (or rather, didn’t)
Let’s start at the beginning.
To give this story some context you need to know that I am an instructor at a trades institute.
I have been in the trade since 1997 as a ticketed journeyman electrician and have been teaching now for 7 years.
Ok, so here we go:
I received a text the other day from a former student.
He wanted to know when I knew that I wanted to be an electrician. When did I know that I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.
After thinking really hard about it, I responded.
To be honest, I replied, I never felt like an electrician. I have been in the trade now for close to 20 years and I can honestly say that I have never felt part of the “trades”.
Does this mean that I regret my decision to become one? Have I wasted the past 20 years of my life doing something that I hate?
Not at all. Not one bit.
Choosing to do something that I wasn’t passionate about is probably one of the best decisions of my life.
Posts, statuses, memes, articles all tell you to find that one thing you are passionate about and then find a way to get paid for it.
Pardon my French but I think that is 100% bullshit.
When I started the trade, I was in between “things”.
Having just finished up my third year of university I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Perhaps teaching, but I wasn’t completely sold on that.
A friend of mine had a cousin who owned an electrical company and they needed help for the summer.
That summer job turned into a 4 year apprenticeship.
Did I love the trade? Not really but I didn’t hate it.
The work was interesting and I liked learning. Working with my hands was fun so I just kept at it. There were days that I hated what I was doing and contemplated quitting but then the next day wouldn’t be so bad.
After 4 years I got my red seal (Canadian certification).
Almost 20 years later I look back at my decision to stay in a job that I wasn’t passionate about and I smile.
Why is that?
– I have skills that are helpful to my self and others.
– I have stories and memories that are a constant source of inspiration.
– I have met some amazing people and developed life long friendships.
– I have a teaching job now that IS something I am passionate about.
I hope that I am not giving off the vibe of “don’t follow your dreams”. That is not what I am saying at all.
What I am trying to say it that perhaps there is more to what you are doing than you are giving it credit for.
Try finding some passion in what you are doing.
If you really look hard enough you might be surprised.
If you look and all you see is your soul slowly dying. All your dreams going up in smoke. A future life of watching “Family guy” re runs in your underwear and that is the highlight of your day. I think that may be an appropriate time to start looking for something else.
Until that point though, put in your time. Learn what you can. Meet who you can. Help who you can.
You never know, you may just surprise yourself into loving something you once thought you hated.
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