He was a successful stock broker, making big money with a bright future ahead of him. He was at the top of his game until one day he lost a ton of money for one of his clients. This failure broke him down and his days on the exchange floor suddenly came to a hault. The next time you see him he’s delivering packages on the streets of New York City working as a bike messenger . . . and he loves it.
This is the story behind the 1986 bike movie Quicksilver, starring Kevin Bacon. yeah, that’s right, freakin Kevin Bacon! ha. Well, the financially successful person who leaves it all for something more simple is a story that resonates with many across the world. Someone shared with me last week about a friend that spent years in law school only to end up as a park ranger at Yellow Stone National Park. And it wasn’t because times got tough or there were no attorney jobs available, it was because working at the park was more desirable and fulfilling.
How much happier would we all be if we could do something we loved, rather than something we HAD to do. Many students leave high school with no clue about what they want to do with their lives. Many do what is expected or status quo which is to go to college and study to be in a field that will make the most money. I did it and I knew many others who did the same. College campuses are full of people who don’t know what they really want out of life and hope that whatever they’re doing pays off or makes them happy. In my case my major changed almost every semester because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Unfortunately I never finished school and left early to pursue other interests.
I personally feel that most people leaving high school have no idea what they want to be when they “grow up” and don’t even really know who they are yet. There are many adults walking around right now who still don’t know what they want to do when they grow up. For me, it wasn’t until i was in my mid thirties that I finally realized what I would like to do and what I would like out of life in general. If I had to go back to school to study something, only now do i know what I would like to study. Most likely won’t go back, but at least I know what I want.
So wherever you are right now in life, take the time to figure out what you really want out of life. If you’re fresh out of high school, take time to learn a little more about yourself. Maybe take some time off or if you need to stay in school to keep the rhythm going, take courses that might be in the direction you see yourself going but classes that can easily be applied to other majors. If you’re an adult who feels like you’re in a rut or unhappy with where you are, begin asking yourself what makes you happy. What do you have a passion about? What are you most passionate about that could actually make money or become a job opportunity. In the case of the lawyer who became park ranger, she chose to do something that made her happy, not rich. She chose her passion over comfort, and she’s probably more happy than any of her attorney friends. Maybe, who knows? 🙂
Be happy. Choose passion. You only live once. Make it count. Do what you love. Love what you’re doing and be the best one in the whole wide world at it.