When I was at university, I thought a lot about what I was studying and why. I gained a lot of useful knowledge, realized a lot, communicated with a lot of different people. I read a lot of books. It certainly enhanced me a lot. But one lesson I remembered for the whole of my life, and I want to talk about it in this post. Perhaps this incident could be called the most valuable lesson given to me at university. Once, my father told me,
❕ You don’t go to college or university for what you can read in books. You go there for an accidental word or an unexpected phrase ❕
It was a time when I should choose my career specialty. And any questions relating to choices always caused a lot of difficulties for me. I am a very versatile person. I am interested in many things, and to limit myself to any specialty is like imprisonment. Nevertheless, I had to choose something from the list.
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I will not even begin to describe how I spent so much time thinking about what to choose. I weighed the pros and cons of each area of study suggested by the curriculum. I annoyed the teachers with endless questions and clarifications, talked to everyone I could about the choice of profession. And, as I now realize, all these numerous and energetic actions were aimed at only one thing,
❕To release me of responsibility for my choice❕
I was like a Buridan’s ass. I put it off until the last minute. But one of the conversations I had with my teachers blow my mind like a bomb. I heard a simple phrase, “Seek, and you shall find.” And that was it. The person who said it was, at the time, the chancellor. I ask him to explain to me what he meant. And he, with a kind smile, repeated, “Seek and you shall find.” I was so mad at him! I realized he was messing with me. I was not in the mood for jokes, as there was the question of my future life, and he’s joking! Then I hated him as much as I am grateful to him now for his invaluable help.
Years later, I realized the wisdom of chancellor’s words. The main idea is to understand what you’re looking for, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, then look for it. And it doesn’t matter how long it takes.
At the same time, it is essential to be responsible for your choices. You can set your soul in movement only when both of these conditions are met. And this process is quite uncomfortable. Sleepless nights and worried days are guaranteed, endless doubts and fear. But the result is worth it! Anyone who’s been through this will know what I mean.
In short, I graduated from university well. The subject of my diploma sounded strange for my ears “Environmental Health Psychology And Pedagogy.” That topic I discovered and chose myself and no one at our university had written anything on it before, so I received high marks for it.
And even the fact that I am not working on my specialty does not bother me at all.
This post came out quite spontaneously, but maybe it will help you to make the right decisions in your life.