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Follow your bliss and find yourself
Posted Oct. 6, 2006

Katherine Hillier
Editorial Director

As a child I remember people asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up.

At the time I felt as though my options were endless and that I could be anything from an actress to a lawyer.

I would always come up with various career ventures – the more outrageous the better.

As I got older the prospect of having to choose just one thing became frightening.

I miss the days of endless possibilities.

Now I am a senior in college and have chosen to major in journalism, but I have come a long way and am still not sure what I want to do.

More to the point, I would like to try a variety of different things.

After I graduated from high school I spent some time in Japan with my dad, and he gave me some great advice – “Follow your bliss.”

Now this may sound very new age to some people, but it made sense to me.

Allow me to explain, choosing a career shouldn’t be about finding something that makes a lot of money or that sounds great on a resume.

It’s about finding what makes you truly happy even if that means venturing out into different directions.

For some that may be being a doctor, but that may also be being an artist and a writer.

Finding a career should not be something that you find in a course catalog, it should be something that you find in yourself.

That’s why this decision can be so difficult.

It takes time for people to learn about what they are interested in or enjoy, and having to choose just one career option before you’re 21 seems premature.

College should be a place where you learn about a variety of things and then take that information and filter it to find what interests you the most. It should not be a place where you have pressure to choose a career path by your junior year. How can a 20-year-old really know what she wants to do with her life.

I know that when I was 18, I wanted to be an actress.

Then at 19, I changed my mind and decided that I wanted to be a fashion designer.

Now I am 23 and I thought I wanted to be a journalist, but have decided to apply to law school next year. As of now I have an associates degree in fashion design, I will soon have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and in the future I may be working on a law degree.

We have all grappled with the seemingly life-altering decisions of what school to go to, what internship or job to take and what’s the “next step.”

I want to find something that I will enjoy doing every day.

I want to wake up every morning for work and be excited.

I want a happy life and that means that I need to follow my bliss – even if I’m in school for the next five years.

I don’t want to settle; I want to fight for my livelihood.

 I don’t want to choose just one career; I want to choose many. Maybe somewhere along the way I will find my path, and myself but for now I am still the same child who wants to be anything from an actress to a lawyer.

Life is full of endless possibilities and I plan to explore each and every one of them.

Katherine Hillier, a senior journalism major, is editorial director of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at khillier@ulv.edu.