Not a part of my actual flow series, but intrinsically related…
After taking my first degree I sort of wandered about a bit and was tempted to go in many directions and eventually chose to move far away and take another degree in something completely unrelated. At the time, my decision came as a surprise to many, and I got some pretty harsh reactions. One of the worst went along the lines of “I never saw you as being passionate enough about [my new field of study]” and continued to question my motives in accusatory tones.
What I should have read then and what I certainly should have made people read then was this. The lesson I take away from it? It’s okay to do, and to want to do, things that you aren’t necessarily “passionate” about. Interested, motivated, curious, yes – but there’s no need to become obsessed.
That just made me feel a whole lot better. That and the faint glimpse of an idea about where to go from here, arrived at last night. And the knowledge that in just over a week I’ll be able to start winding down for Christmas…ahh. Have a great weekend – wintry weather and all!