Life Is Too Short

For the last several years I’ve been debating what to make of my life.  I have been very fortunate and privileged to be able to do what I do now.  However, to be brutally honest my heart was never really into my profession.  In retrospect, the path leading to where I am today was already paved for me after I graduated from high school, and I simply took the easy route and walked down that road.  
In hindsight I wish I had been brave enough to veer off and explore what I really wanted to do.  Even in the past few years I have entertained the idea of leaving my current profession and doing something else, but what kept holding me back were thoughts such as “I’ll work a few more years until we have enough saved for retirement”, “life is on autopilot and comfortable right now, I’m afraid to rock the boat”, or “what a waste of an education if I stop now”.  Sure I’ve told myself several times in the past, “life’s too short to be doing something I don’t enjoy”, but I obviously didn’t truly comprehend it because I kept trucking along down that same road I so desperately want to deviate from.  However, today while in the shower I had a eureka moment, like a light switch just suddenly went on, and I got it!  Life IS too short. 
So I’ve decided that I will quit my job on 12/31/2011 (that’s when my certification is up) and hopefully land a job with the National Park Service.  I had always wanted to work outdoors, and had entertain the thought of being a park ranger off and on for a few years after my first visit to the Grand Canyon, but never pursued it.  Then I came across this piece on CNN that piqued my interest again.  I’m well aware that I’ll probably start somewhere not so glamorous like working the toll booth at a city beach, but I figured if I stick around long enough with NPS, I may eventually get to become a park ranger in the Grand Canyon or Yosemite.  So there you have it folks.  Yes, mom and dad probably won’t approve it, but you know what?  It’s my life, and it’s way too short to be living with regrets.

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3 Responses to Life Is Too Short

  1. Juin says:

    How exciting!!! What an awesome opportunity!! You're right! life IS too short to be doing something that's not fulfilling to you. I'm in the same position right now. I'm going to give research one last shot, and then who knows. I've always wanted to become a yoga instructor or, more recently, work for an NGO (or maybe even UN)overseas. Your education and experience will NEVER be a waste of money or time–you will ALWAYS be able to use it wherever you go and whatever you do. I'm excited for you!!

  2. L.Y. says:

    Thanks for the support.

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