This is a topic that I have been discussing with a certain group of people which I am very close to. Which will you choose?? To stick with reality or go with your dreams and passions?? I already know my answer, so this post is for you guys to ponder over. This post is not only for people to do psychology, but also for everyone else.
We all know what everyone has dreams or will be interested, or even passionate, in doing certain things. This understanding of yourself and your passion and interests may come in your teens, twenties, or even later. The main question to ask yourself is: "What is the thing that you want to do with the rest of your life?" And this thing is has to be something you would enjoy doing, and be happy doing it. However, as we know, life never goes the way we want it to go...
One way is to play safe and stick to reality. In a environment and country like Singapore, having personal financial stability, and even a job, is essential, and I need not explain further on why it is so. Hence, a lot of people may choose to go into studies and careers that enables them the financial stability to support their family and their lifestyle. But is this really what they want to do?
Through my discussions with my group, it has been proposed that it might be a good idea to get that financial stability (i.e. study and get a job that gives you the money) first, and go for your dreams later. My question for those who feel this way too: "Will it be too late then?" Because some (or rather most) careers and passions require a lot of time and effort for one to succeed; Psychology, for one, requires minimum 6 years of education and more years of training, and to become an established psychologist, in my opinion, it may take up to 15 to 20 years upon starting the first degree.
So the other side of the discussion is that with a passion in mind, one should do whatever you can to reach that dream and achieve your fullest potential. However, there is an underlying note to this: You must and need to be willing to work hard and sacrifice time and effort to reach the goals that are set. The main question is that: "Are you willing to do those sacrifices?"
Another point is from a developmental view that you should start early on your passions and interest, and it has been fully explained in this earlier post. But the main problem for most people is that they do not really know what they may want till when they reach their 20s or 30s. So it is important that people know what they want to do as early as possible.
So what is the thing that you want to do with the rest of your life? Which will you choose: Reality or Passion??
To end off this post, I would like to share a quote by Anita Roddick, British Founder of the Body Shop:
"To succeed, you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality."