One of the more interesting parts about being a kid was thinking about what you want to be when you grow up. I am sure most of you can relate. The problem is, once you did become an adult and made a few career shifts, did you ever wish you stayed with what you started? Have you ever experienced “Switcher Remorse”?
My father was a very wise man. He always made sure that I was aware of all my options and always gave the best advice, but as normal teenagers, we tend to rebel. My dad had me pursue a Bachelor of Arts major in mass communication. He felt it would give me the skills to be able to write and communicate well when it came time to finding a job. I kept at it for two years and wasn’t really happy. What I really wanted to do was learn advertising arts. I do love to sketch and paint. So I stopped school for a while and started working part time. My plan was to save enough money to go to the best school for fine arts.
Once I had the money, the next hurdle was to go to the school and take the entrance exam. Of course I couldn’t let my dad find out, so I hatched a plan. I went to University of Sto. Thomas, which was pretty far from our house. It took me about two hours to get there. I took the test and then had to wait to see if I passed. I was so nervous.
When the test scores were finally released, I went back to the school to see if I made it. Much to my dismay, my name wasn’t on the list. I was devastated. I was glad though that I didn’t tell my dad. Imagine what he would say. I certainly didn’t want to hear “I told you so.”
I didn’t know at the time what drove me to double check with the registration personnel if that was the final list of students who passed the test. Much to my happy surprise, she said no and that the final batch score would be released the following week and to come back and check at that time. Imagine my relief! Luckily, when I did go back, my name was on the final list and I got in!
Fast-forward four years, I finished school and finally earned my Bachelor’s degree in advertising arts. But guess what, I never ended up working as an artist or a designer. I actually ended up working as a TV producer and now a digital producer and writer.
Funny, how things worked out. My dad was right after all. But you know I never regretted the four years of training as a designer. I’m still able to work on cool projects using the skills I honed through the years. The best part is I know that my dad was proud of me. I know that wherever he is right now, he will continue to watch over me.
How about you? Do you have a story where you made a decision only to find that that we regretted it and actually reversed course to be happier? Tell me, I want to know.
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