As mentioned in previous blog posts, throughout high school I was a slacker. I put just enough effort into school to get away with playing video games all day long without my parents nagging. At the back of my mind, I knew I wasn’t making the right choices but I didn’t see enough value in studying to justify doing so.
At the time my goal, or rather my parent’s goal was for me to become a dentist or an architect. These careers promise good pay and a fairly comfortable working environment ensuring a secure and stable lifestyle. Every parent wants their kids to be wealthy and safe, hence why so many aspire for their kids to become doctors, engineers, dentists and whatever else has the potential for a six digit salary and with no injuries.
Thing is, the idea of becoming an architect gave me zero to no excitement. Furthermore, I dreaded art classes and performed below average in anything that centered on drawing and measuring. I saw no other options though, in my mind this was the profession which would ensure happiness later down the road.
In my first semester of grade 11, I ended up with an extra slot for an elective and decided to take computer science since it was the closest thing to sitting in front of an Xbox. After attending a few classes I quickly realized that this is something that I am not only good at but also enjoy doing. I took the follow-up course in grade 12 and quickly realized that this was what I wanted to pursue after high school.
It’s interesting because if the situation played out differently, let’s say I didn’t have the opportunity to take computer science, maybe I would have studied architecture. Instead of waking up and looking forward to going to work, I could’ve ended up in a situation where work seems like a total chore, a means to an end.
I think for this reason it’s super important to not commit to a particular career path until you are certain that you will enjoy the daily work it requires. Many people are lead onto the wrong path by their parents who have not taken into account whether their kids actually find it interesting. Luckily my parents are quite reasonable and proposing to do something very different wasn’t too difficult. To my past high school self, I would advise, focus on enjoying the journey rather than an imaginary future destination.