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    First, I love your blog. I’m not sure how I found it originally, but I’ve subscribed to the RSS for a couple of months. Your writing is thoughtful, introspective, and very, very good. It speaks to me in a profound way. 🙂

    You and I are the same age (my 36th birthday is today, actually), and when I was 8 I sat down at a computer for the first time and decided I wanted to be a programmer. Building on that I attended university for a computer science degree and have spent the last 15 years in an IT career that I at first loved, then disliked, and more recently absolutely loathe. During that time I uncovered my true passion, which is cooking. It has taken me about four years to finally come to terms with the fact that the career I built up for myself from age 8 isn’t the one that suits me. I spent those four years extremely unhappy and unsettled — downright rattled, in fact.

    I made the decision to change careers about three years ago, but I didn’t allow myself to be okay with it or act on it until February of this year. Once I did things became much smoother and I’m much happier. I’m still in my IT career while I pay off debt so I can afford culinary school, but as you said, I know I’ll get there so I’m okay with being unsettled for now because I’m looking forward to a completely new chapter in my life.

    I think the unsettled times are when we are growing the most. It’s surreal and uncomfortable but we have to do it or we risk not being true to ourselves.

  2. Kat

    Charles: First, happy birthday! Hope it was a good one.

    Second, thanks for the compliment. It makes me happy to hear that you find what I write here valuable and interesting. Thanks for sharing the twists and turns of your vocational journey. Difficult stuff, I know.

    I was really encouraged when I read Julie & Julia, and it mentioned that Julia Child didn’t start cooking until she was 37. I passed that little nugget on to Angela Connor (@communitygirl) last week, as she was turning 36, and I think she found it encouraging, too. It’s apparently a good year to be 36. 😉

    I think you are probably right about the unsettled times being when we grow the most. And it does make a big difference when you have a clear picture of the destination.


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