From my recent posts, I think a lot of you have picked up that I’m in a little career/degree crisis in the sense that I don’t know what I want to do for graduate school after I complete my undergraduate career. I’ve made some major headway and am now finalizing my BS in Biological Health Science with dual minors in Psychology and Anthropology. My hope is to either go on to get a dual Masters of Public Health and Masters of Social Work or a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Health Psychology. This academic decision came after a long debate (3 months) with myself on what to do. I sought the advice of my family, friends, and advisors and nothing seemed to really sit well with me. I didn’t want to be an anthropologist in the field; I didn’t want to be a dietitian; and, I didn’t want to do research my whole life. Everything that was put in front of me just had a bad taste to it. You know why? Because I never really sat down and asked myself what I wanted. I never asked myself what was important to me. Sure, I would tell people I liked health and wellness as well as helping people mentally, but that was just the cliff notes version. It wasn’t the passionate answer. This is:
I genuinely love helping people, and I don’t mean it in the mundane manner that everyone uses it. I mean it with all of my heart. Helping people is what I was put on this earth to do. My ultimate interest is to help people lead healthier lives by understanding what cultural, societal, and physical barriers are preventing them from doing this initially. I don’t want to make them meet my definition of healthy either. I want to work with them to meet their own definition. Even more so, I want to help people cope with stress in their lives and overcome the mental barrier that prevents them from achieving their goals. In short, I want to consider the psychological (stress, personality, etc.) and cultural factors that influence a person’s health and help them create a lifestyle that they love because health is so much more than chicken and broccoli. It’s playing with your kids. It’s being able to hike up a trail to watch the sunset on the horizon. It’s being able to look at yourself in the mirror and love what you see. Health is what you define it to be.
Okay, my rant is done 🙂 back to my main point…
If we go through our entire lives doing what other people tell us is best for us, we will never be satisfied. There are only two people, well actually one, that really know what you’re destined for, and that’s God. Your job is to listen, follow His path, and do His will. I can say with full confidence that I would never have come to the conclusion I have without surrendering my concerns to God. Stop listening to everyone else. They are just resistance. Resistance loves to keep you confused, worried, and anxious. God loves for you to be happy, and the only way you can do that is by listening and being observant. Open your eyes. Look for His signs. You’ll be surprised where He takes you, but most of all, you’ll be amazed at the joy you find in your heart.
So to close, I just have one question: Can we all just stop living for everyone else and live for God instead? He created you uniquely for a reason. “The world doesn’t need another [insert your idol’s name here]. It needs you.” ~ Matthew Kelly