“You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.”
― Anaïs Nin
Ultimately we need to forget what they say and forget societal pressures and be who we are when we are. Luckily society as a whole has been moving well past the stage of being stuck on one career path our whole life and most people now will experience 3 or 4 (or perhaps like me several more than that) What becomes ultimately important is how well our lives reflect our being in every aspect at any given time. The more it does the more successful and happy we are. Yet it takes so long for most of us to realize this. This is the age of being and doing and exploring as many possibilities as we can. Let’s make the most of it.
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