Where All Roads Lead

Path in GuatemalaHow closely have you followed the road you life-planned for yourself?

Me? Not so much. I have a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry, but I am a freelance writer and novelist…and write for a non-profit. Writing and language arts always came naturally while math required serious focus.

Hmm.

You’d think I’d have recognized the signs back then. But, my brother doesn’t call me a tenacious bulldog for nothing. I wanted a chemistry degree; I have a chemistry degree. But, my career immediately veered into humanitarian operations and writing. My true north. And it found its way there because of first volunteering.

What have you discovered about yourself regarding your career? Is it what you expected?

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18 comments on “Where All Roads Lead

  1. Marney, the photo is great. My son is pursuing a degree in chemistry. He doesn’t have a clear career path in mind. I think right now he just wants to pass finals. My own path has taken me in many unexpected directions; military, corporate, parenting, volunteering,and writing. Not the most direct route, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  2. It’s rare that I speak to anyone whose life turned out to be what they expected. It has always been an interesting topic for me as my own life is so far different from what I thought it would be. I’m sure sure what that says about our youthful perspective…but it sure says something!

  3. Ever since the age of 14 when I ran the White Elephant stall a the church fair with a friend, I’ve been a volunteer for one organization or another. It’s never led directly to paid work, but it’s taught me a lot about myself and the elements I need to enjoy work. It’s amazing what you can learn about your motivation once you take money out of the equation.

  4. Great thought, Marney. I have had several “careers,” and only one of them came with a paycheck. It is interesting to look back over a variety of life work and experience to see the “true north” (love that phrase) reveal itself. I don’t think I am quite there yet, but getting closer.

    • I hear you, Judy. So many of the jobs that have mattered most to me are very far from lucrative. But there’s nothing like that feeling when you see all the disparate pieces fitting together.

  5. It’s a question of finding our “True North” versus accomplishing our “DO North.” Are we discovering and living out our passion? Or are we “DOing” what we think we need to do? We don’t always have the freedom to go after our True North … and that’s the tragedy.

  6. Funny that you ask this question – I’ve recently found what I really want to do in life.

    I have a B.A in Theatre and I’ve been teaching for the past three years. Teaching is cool, but I always knew that there was something more for me. I’ve always been involved in volunteering and non-profit organizations. I’ve decided recently to go back to school for an M.P.A in Non-profit Management. I cannot wait to get my career started in nonprofit work!

  7. After high school and early marriage, I found myself cloaked as ‘legal assistant’ to an adoption attorney. Unknowingly, the hidden social worker was married to the clerical duties. If I’d been able to attend college, I would have pursued counseling. Serendipity, allowed me to do both and meet wonderful people in crisis from both sides.

  8. If someone were to look at my college major, internships, then chronological career choices, it may seem somewhat sporadic. However, I find that each experience has shaped me in many helpful ways. Additionally, what was once my volunteer interest, has now led me back to school to pursue a graduate degree in counseling. But I don’t think I’d have it any other way….

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