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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.

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  2. Kat
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    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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