I was at a restaurant. It was run-down, the food was average, and flies were hovering over my bowl of noodles. I was four. Despite these vivid descriptions, there was one description that stood out to me the most that day. At the end of the room there was a small T.V, not one of those flat screens, but it was decently sized. What interested me wasn’t the T.V but actually what was happening on the T.V. It was playing the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. Immediately I was entranced by the game of basketball, I constantly asked questions about it, I made up my mind about it. I wanted to become a professional basketball player.
I tried and tried to reach my goals, I was shot down. I was told that the chances of me ever making it to the NBA was a slim margin. He told me that millions of players try for the draft, but not even 1% make it in. Although I’d like to say I’m Kobe Bryant today, sadly I’m not.
Fast forward to my years in high school, I still wanted to be a basketball player, but I couldn’t. I wasn’t on the basketball team, I didn’t possess the skill and work ethic that others contained, I didn’t have IT. People always say “Follow your passion, you’re sure to achieve it.” That didn’t apply to me.
I’m not saying to not follow your dreams, shoot for it! I’m just saying, thinking of it in the long run, when you enter the world of work things will be different. In this day and age, I believe its much more beneficial to not do what you love and survive the tribulations of life, than to do what you love, but not be able provide for yourself especially a family at that. Say you’ve always wanted to become a therapist. You love talking, analyzing, and reading people, it’s your job for the taking. You take the job, but soon realize the financial difficulties that arise from working at such a low salary job. Nobody comes to you for help. You’re broke.
However say you took a different approach and realized that the computer industry is probably the most booming industry nowadays and saw that more businesses are looking for people with computer skills and experiences. Although you hate dealing with computers, you major and make a career out of it. You might be thinking, ” That’s such a sad life to live.” But I truly think that those are the sacrifices that you have to make to survive in this world. This is why I envy celebrities, professional athletes, Dan Bilzerian, and even to a certain extent professional video gamers. They’re all doing what they love and making tons of money for it.
Although I once shot for a job (Professional Basketball player) that yielded these benefits it was just a common unfulfilled dream.
Even though I’ve yet to enter the world of work I’m not sure why I’ve accumulated such a strong opinion of it already. I’m inexperienced, I’ve never taken up a job that pays, I don’t know what the world is really like out there. I’m still young. As I enter the latter part of my sophomore year in high school, I have no particular interests or aspirations for my future. But for now, whatever yields me the the most benefits in regards to the future, I’ll do.