I think everyone has an idea of what they want to be when they grow up. Some people go through that phase of wanting to be famous. Currently my 7-year old sister wants to be a “rock star.”
As we grow up, our interests narrow enough for us to find that hobby that we’d love to do for the rest of our lives. For me it isn’t exactly a hobby, just more of an interest.
I want to be a Landscape Architect. I feel like I could change the world for the better, make it look presentable. Everywhere I go I look at yards, fields, even gardens. I find it so fascinating how people design such amazing parks, front yards, schools, etc.
My career choice has gone through a few different phases. First, when I was very little, I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I was excited to work with pets and help animals. This dream job was shot down by my fear of blood. I can’t handle watching surgeries, much less fathoming performing surgeries.
So, I moved on to wanting to be an Interior Designer. I love setting up rooms, making everything look nice so I figured, hey, this is the job for me! Then I found out what architecture was.
I wanted to be an architect for a long time. I would study houses, buildings, bridges, literally any work of architecture that I came across. It was all very appealing to me. However, a few years after I swore I had my heart set on architecture, I found out what landscape architects do. This was the thing that made me so happy.
I can thank Minecraft for that partially. In that game you live in a world, build your own house, and start a life in a new place with only the natural resources. I’ve spent hours building gardens, parks, or even just redoing forests on the game. For some reason, it’s just so relaxing to know that the outcome is going to be beautiful. It powers me through the work.
I think that it is necessary for everybody to absolutely love what they do for a living. You can count on there being at least a few people who love fighting fires (thankfully) just like you can rely on the people that love signing hundreds of documents.
It’s the passion you have that makes the job count.