A career or a hobby

I am currently looking for a job for when I get back to New Zealand – Looking through the job listings got me thinking:

Is a career worth giving up what you truly love?
Should you take a job for the sake of a job to fund what you love?

For those who know me, you know that I want to ultimately be a neurosurgeon. That would be the dream career for me, and  I know I am smart enough to succeed at this if I really put my mind to it. In saying that, those who know me also are very aware that the idea of settling in one spot for the foreseeable future makes me nervous. 

I am lucky in the sense that my hobby isn’t something crazy, and the ideal thing for me to be doing would probably be working in something travel related. It isn’t neurosurgery, but at the same time it is a job that I could quite easily turn into a career that I would not hate – quite the opposite actually, I tend to get excited planning adventures; whether it is my own, or for others.

I know some people jump up and down at the thought of this. The thing that I hear most is what happens when you get older, or want to settle down, and more recently – Why are you wasting your potential on trivial things like travel?

To this, I can only say: I would rather live now, do the things I enjoy make memories and stories while I can, and worry about the future in the future. I don’t even know what I want to do tomorrow, let-a-lone in 20 years.

11218077_1060817200596131_1453662410960375080_nAs far as I am concerned, money wont buy happiness. Material things might be satisfying for a while… but lets be honest here. Eventually the $300 watch will be forgotten. The car, the house, they are all nice in their own rights but it isn’t important to me. I am more concerned with what happens when I look back at what I have done. Will I be happy with having worked 9-5 for 40 years of my life for the sake of paying off debt?

Spending the same money on an adventure…. even just a weekend away to the beach with some friends. Those memories will stay for a lifetime. Things might not be as easy as if I were to focus on making money, but again, happiness can’t be bought.

While I would love to be a neurosurgeon, I don’t think I am ready to give up my passion quite yet.

I am not ready to give up what I truly love for the sake of money.

Are you?


6 thoughts on “A career or a hobby

  1. You put into words how I feel. I just received my BA in Economics. I have to plans to use it until I’m ready to settle. I’d rather live now, than later. Later could be too late 🙂

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    1. travelscoutadventure – It’s great to have a plan like that, I am doing something similar with my bachelor in applied science with a double major in communication and psychology. But you are totally right – later could be too late and there is nothing worse than regretting what you didn’t do.

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  2. haha this is so how I feel. I have been travelling for a few years but now need to get a job to earn some pennies to travel some more. I don’t want to go back to a dead end job where I hated getting up in the morning and it was such a chore as life is just too short. Why cant someone pay me to travel lol

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    1. Jenni – I feel you! I will be heading home next month to work and top up the savings a little bit more. The idea of a 9-5 job is terrifying – especially when you know the world has so much more to offer!

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  3. SO many good thoughts. 100% agree – do what you love and do it NOW! You never know when your last day is. I learnt this last year after more beautiful grandmother passed away very suddenly. Never ever live life to make life. DO it all now!!!

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about your Grandmother, but you are right. Life is short and we can’t tell what will happen. We might live for 100 years, or pass away tomorrow. It’s what you do with your time now – how happy you are now – that is important.

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