The best of both worlds.

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Aside from working part-time, volunteering, and starting new blogs, I am also a full-time student. I know that various people have already expressed their woes about doing all of these things simultaneously and how much stress/pressure they feel. I am going to choose to bypass stating those details because frankly it’s just not the point I want to make in this post.

Education is something that is incredibly important to me. It’s not just about going to school; reading your textbooks or going to your professors’ lectures. You can learn from every person you meet at any given time. It may not come as apparent to you initially but you do. It’s really about what you do with the knowledge that is presented in front of you. Would you be receptive to new perspectives? How well do you connect with the information? Does is it make connections with you? The best thing I’ve been told, is that learning is on-going.

Anyway, I started my first year of university having a singular definitive direction of what I want to accomplish. Well, sometimes life interferes and what you thought was right for you may not be what you were looking for. Bottom line is, my primary reasons of wanting to go to law school and pursue  becoming a lawyer is just not as significant anymore. It was a compromise that I should NOT have made, and I’m glad that now I am doing something that I have a clear passion for. I made this choice because it was something that had incomparable worth to me. I have more options and it was wrong of me to close myself off from them.

So what is this alternative? I love food (that’s pretty much a dead give away), and there are more options within the food industry steadily emerging. While philosophy was something I didn’t anticipate to appreciate as much as I do now, it is a subject that is so malleable. It allows you to see things far beyond superficial boundaries whether it would be your own ideas or others. Now, combine food and philosophy with international history and politics. What do you get? Philosophy of Taste and Food Culture. It makes me giddy just thinking about the potential topics I could divulge in within this sphere. There’s going to be a lot of work and research to be done, but that just comes with the territory. Truthfully, I don’t really care about the amount of work I would need to do. It’s the fact that, this is something that feels like I’ve been doing my whole life. Like something that I should be doing-it feels right.

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5 thoughts on “The best of both worlds.

  1. Exactly. Your “real self” (according to Carl Rogers) is urging you to let it develop itself and that is why it “feels right”. On the other hand your ideal self–the self that society is imposing on you through its elaborate mechanisms and cultural twists—is wondering whether “a lot of work” is worth it. As you step in towards your real self more, you will feel a kind of happiness/euphoria that is best left felt than described.

    1. I know that despite of the immense amount of work I would have to do, it wouldn’t compare to the satisfaction I would get from doing the work itself. Yes, there are some societal mechanisms that influenced my primary decisions but it’s definitely more than that. I do agree with you that a part of that euphoria is my assertion to further develop this interest as I acknowledge its significance to my identity.

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