Saturday, October 13, 2007

Doing Something I Like (Sunday Scribblings)

I’ve only had one real job so far which is to teach English. I started teaching a little over three years ago and since then I’ve learned a lot about what it means to work with other people and experience a bit of each one’s universe. I guess one thing I could say about teaching is that, although the content may sometimes be the same, the way people react in a classroom environment can always take the most interesting turns and dealing with new situations all the time can really work against the boredom of routine. It’s a good job, but not my dream job. My dream job is music, piano music specifically and I recently made a big professional decision in order to make this dream job become my real job by giving up my English degree to be able to dedicate myself entirely to this study. Even though it’s a highly competitive market requiring dedication beyond limits, I feel that making good use of the one life I call my own by pouring myself in something I believe in might be my best shot at living a happy and meaningful life. As for my idea of a terrible job, I had a friend that went to Europe and spent a few months washing dishes in a French restaurant so he could raise some money to travel, and I thought to myself, “Europe is a fine place to be in, but I’d bore myself to death if I had to see dirty plates in front of me all day long.”
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9 comments:

paisley said...

i think you saw something that wasn't there,,, it was never about the dishes,,, it was all about the adventure the freedom the dream.......

tumblewords said...

An interesting post! I'm so non-musical that I can't imagine how it must feel to be proficient there. Good luck!

gautami tripathy said...

Teaching takes me to different tangents each day. No two days are same even if the course content looks same!

Betty C. said...

Teaching is great, but go for the music career. Some people do make it -- I know quite a few.

Ali la Loca said...

I played piano for 15 years and gave it up when I was 18. Recently I've been wanting to go back, start playing again.

Young English teachers of the world, unite!

Clare said...

Hi Gilson! I think it's fantastic that you are going to follow your dream of music! I am really happy for you!
:)

self taught artist said...

I hope you get your dream job, I would say it takes bravery to go for what we want but I think it takes something else. When you have to do something you have no choice.
Regardless of the highly competitive market, I have to hope and believe there is room for all of us to do what we yearn to do.

Gilson said...

Hi Paisley! I’m sure his motivation is quite rewarding, but the job itself is something I’d have trouble in doing. Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks Tumblewords! I might definitely need some!

Hi Gautami! I agree. I got a chance to see things differently after I started teaching. Thanks for your comment!

Hi Betty C.! Yeah, the statistics are quite haunting but I try not to think so much about them. Studying pays off more!

Hi Ali! Wow! That’s a long time you’ve been playing. I loved your blog, by the way! See you around!

Thanks Clare! It took a lot of guts to make such a decision. But I really believe in what I’m doing. Hope you're having a great week!

Hi Self Thought Artist! I really know what you mean, and I felt just how you described, like not having a choice. Thanks a lot for your words, they’re really inspiring!

UL said...

I am glad you are pursuing your dreams earlier in life than later...the older one gets the harder it becomes to drop everything and attempt something new...Good luck with music, make your dreams happen...Thanks for sharing.