Tempted to "waste" another year of my life, will I probably regret this?
March 18, 2014 10:46 PM Subscribe
After two years of intense work and study, I would like to take (at least) a couple of months to pursue my interests. That's not very likely to result into better job offers, and at 31, it's not like I have plenty of time left to get ahead in my profession. Yet there's a field (and volunteer job) I've become quite attracted to in the last few months and would like to explore in more depth. Where do you draw the line between what you would like to do with your life and what you know is more likely to get you better paying positions? Is it a good idea to follow one's (well-intentioned, yet perhaps impractical) dream, at least for a while or is it generally wiser to suppress those desires and keep one's nose to the grindstone and on the rat race?
posted by Basque13 to Human Relations (25 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
In my early 20s, I became fascinated with new age philosophy , an interest which took a lot of my time and somehow caused me to neglect my career development
. I later mildly regretted not having invested that time and energy in getting a graduate degree and finding a better paying job. Although I am now employed and above the poverty line, my budget has always been tight. The problem is that at present I have become very interested in learning more about an alternative educational model which I believe could make a big difference in many people.
I would like to take (non-for-credit) courses on the subject and volunteer to teach . The courses I want to take cost money, and the time I would spend learning and teaching could otherwise be used to gain more standard credentials which could help me get a better paying job. The thing is that at present I feel more attracted to the idea of exploring this social service project than to the prospect of keeping struggling to advance in my field. I wouldn´t give up my current job, but I would temporarily stop trying hard to get ahead. It seems down-to-earth enough at the moment, although perhaps not very wise from an strictly financial point of view. How much does it matter to do what is pleasurable and interesting, rather than what is convenient and more likely to create better income?
Thanks for sharing your wisdom on the topic.