Of course I am one of those that believes that nearly everything that happens to us has a reason, and that the experiences we have undergone ultimately helps make us who we are. There is the idea that hindsight is always 20/20, and that is true.
If I had to do it over I would most definitely have not wasted the time I did the first time I went to college. I would have stuck to my guns and gone for a career in the arts. I would have told my mother to go to hell as far as pushing me toward an education and career that I never used and that I had absolutely no desire to be a part of. Come to think of it, I would have taken the advice that I now give to my son and to any of my fellow students that are alongside me this time around. That advice basically is to follow your dreams no matter what. Absolutely DO NOT let any parent, no boyfriend or girlfriend, nor spouse or anyone else ever talk you out of doing whatever it is that makes your spirit sing! Do what you love, the money WILL follow and you will find a way to make it happen. I know it to be true.
Desire may not be an occupation, but it certainly can be a motivator toward finding one. Being a wages slave is not an option – being uninformed and shuffled around by life should not be the reality for the majority of people in this world. But if you don’t sit down, really think about what it is that you want to do that you would be more than happy to do for free, even if you didn’t get paid for it and make that your focus, some coroprate asshole is going to have no problem slipping the chains around your neck and driving you toward their agenda and goals.
If I knew then what I know now I would be doing what I am going to school to do now and that is for a career in film on the production side. I absolutely LOVE it! It may be 20 years after the first thought of it entered my brain, and I may be middle aged and considered a non-traditional student, but by God, I’m here and I will never let anyone talk me out of that dream ever again.