lagrima - “Tony & Maggie”
It was only after I quit that I wished I hadn’t always kept my head down, relentlessly climbing to reach the top of the game, to fulfill an American dream. I wish I had looked up more often, even at the cost of some of my success. The American dream didn’t tell me that an experience only matters if I acknowledge it, that losing yourself in the game is a good way to lose what makes life meaningful. When you’re standing at the plate and you hit a sharp foul ball to the backstop, the spot on the bat that made contact gets hot; the American dream forgot to tell me to step back and enjoy the smell of burnt wood.
Is going for a Ph.D. worth it if I’m extremely passionate about a field but don’t really want to spend my 20s poor, toiling away in a lab…
Some beef is big and some beef is small.
The other option is to continue to work in my high-paid field even though I absolutely hate the job, but I get to live wherever I want and do all the things I want that youth + money allows outside of work.
Also, said field that I’m passionate about is a complete 180 from current field. There is little or no hope of switching over without first going to back to school.
I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written.
Seamus Heaney (via nprfreshair)
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