By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular ContributorOctober 6, 2015
I’ve had a million careers on my list of things to do. They have ranged everywhere from an ice cream truck driver to an orthopedic surgeon to fashion designer.
I’ve wanted to be the person who people looked at and thought, “Wow. She’s so successful, and probably rich, too.” (Sadly, not in the case of the ice cream truck driver phase, though).
And in the middle of all of the different jobs I had designed for myself, I realized that I was trying to design my life to impress other people. I was ignoring the fact that the second I sit down with my pen to paper, I feel whole. I was ignoring that I have a passion for helping people to see their worth.
I was ignoring my love for feeling really strongly about things.
I never wanted to be a doctor- I wanted the name recognition that came with it. I never wanted to actually be a fashion designer- I just thought that it sounded like a cool profession. What I’ve always wanted to do is to make myself proud and follow my dreams. However, I was so concerned with what other people thought of me that I wasn’t even sure what my dreams even were.
When I was a freshman in college, I went in as a Biomedical Sciences major. I was pretending (and trying so hard to do it, too) that I was a girl with a natural whiz for science and math. Well, I wasn’t. I heard the voice in the back of my head constantly telling me that I wasn’t where I was supposed to be.
So I changed my major. And now, I write.
I ask questions. I get to stay up all night tapping out essays on my keyboard instead of being awake at 3 AM in tears over chemistry homework that I didn’t understand. This isn’t to say that I avoid all challenges and run away from anything that’s difficult- that isn’t how I roll. I embrace my challenges and when I don’t understand something, I figure it out. However, there’s a lot to be said about the difference between not understanding something you care about and not understanding something you couldn’t care less about.
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I still jump between careers and ideas, but I have passion behind every single one of them. I still mess up. I still get the occasional bad grade, and there are many nights where I am up into the wee hours of the morning trying to get things right. But along the way, I’ve learned the importance of impressing yourself instead of everyone else.
Don’t ever let other people get in the way of your happiness. Have strength and faith in yourself and your own abilities, and then go out there and kick some ass.
What are you passionate about? How do remain brave enough to follow your true dreams? Tell us below!
Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. When she’s not writing papers or baking cookies, you can find her Googling random things on the Internet or watching large amounts of reality television. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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