To Those Who Discourage Me From Chasing My Dreams

To Those Who Discourage Me From Chasing My Dreams

Your capabilities, passion, and definition of success are the only things that should matter when choosing your career.

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My parents are very supportive of my passions in life. While my dad has jokingly suggested that I should become a lawyer a multitude of times, I know at the end of the day he will be proud of whatever I end up doing. However, there are many parents and other adults out there who look at my Bachelor of Arts in environmental science, hear me discuss my passions, and question my capability of success due to the probable low pay and riskiness of the jobs I desire. These people need to understand a few things.

First, not everyone is meant to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer. While I would love the paycheck and job safety of these jobs, I either don't have the capability to do the job or the passion to do it. To me, passion is just as important as capability because you should devote your life to doing what makes you happy and what you feel is the best use of your talents.

Additionally, money is often used as an indicator of success, but success should not be solely based on the money you make. Every person should have their own definition of success that is determined by what they want to achieve in their lifetime. Personally, I aim to help solve issues in education, poverty, climate change, and biodiversity, so the results of my actions should be what defines my success. More often than not, people who are involved in those issues have to be proud of their small victories because societal and ecological issues exist due to many compounding factors. Let it be known, I am perfectly fine with accepting those small victories.

Yet, the success I desire cannot and will not happen if everyone is constantly discouraged to fight against these societal and ecological problems. Each notable movement, invention, or even policy that has been created in this world was born out of the uncomfortable risk of many people.

Every time someone tells me that I should try to get one of those safer jobs, they imply to me that they don't believe that the risk is worth it and that I should find another way to care about these issues. This is offensive to me because I am trying to make the world a better place and if nobody tries because it is difficult, how is anything supposed to get better? Sometimes you just have to have faith in yourself and what you believe in. The last thing I want to have in life is the regret that I squandered my potential by settling for a safer job.

So just please be considerate to those who are opting to not make money in order to do something that they are passionate about. If that career will make them have a sense of fulfillment and will allow them to experience what they want in life, isn't that what really matters?

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The Perfect Body Piercing For Your Unique Personality, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Let the stars decide your next piercing.

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Piercings are so much fun and a great way to stick jewels or metal nearly anywhere on your body. They're perfect for when you're looking for a fun way to spend your check, you're going through a mental breakdown, or just if you're trying to spice up your look. Whatever the occasion, it can always be hard to decide which piercing you want next.

Next time, let your zodiac sign do the work for you.

Taurus: Nose Piercing

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Taurus, you're reliable and patient and this piercing suits that vibe best. Go for the nose piercing and rock it.

Libra: Septum

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Libra, your balanced nature matches this piercing well. No need to pick a side with this one, just go for it and love it.

Scorpio: Nipples

Scorpio, you're passionate, exciting and this (semi-)secretive piercing matches your vibes. Get one, get two, rock it!

Gemini: Navel

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Virgo: Double Lobe

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Virgo, you're practical to a fault. Get a little wild with a different take on a classic look and double up on lobe piercings.

Leo: Cartilage

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Leo, your generous and faithful nature makes the classic cartilage piercing the metal for you.

Capricorn: Tragus

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Capricorn, your disciplined nature makes the discreet tragus piercing the one for you. You're careful about your choices, but I promise this one is a good one.

Pisces: Industrial

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Pisces, you're sensitive and easily led astray. This piercing can be a reminder to keep the bar high for yourself (about as high on your body as you can get it).

Sagittarius: Rook

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Sagittarius, your optimism and curiosity make this the perfect piercing for you.

Aquarius: Forward Helix

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Aquarius, you're independent and don't fall into line with the crowd. Get a forward helix piercing or two or three and make that individuality pop.

Cancer: Conch

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Cancer, you're loyal and protective over those you care about and this matches that energy. Get a piercing that circles and protects your whole ear.

Aries: All of Them

Aries, you're adventurous and you can do so many cool things with a million different piercings. Don't be limited to just one and go for them all!

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Yes, I Love Science And Yes, I Love To Write

It is possible to like both!

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I feel like there's this unspoken rule in society that says that if you love science, you're not good at or you don't like writing and vice versa. A lot of the people I have met seem to be like that.

With this being said, I feel like I am the exception to the rule. I love science, I am sort of good at science, and I love writing. People who love science tend to be more analytical and people who love writing tend to be more creative. Well, I'm both analytical and creative.

It's possible to be that way. If life has taught me anything over these past few years, it's that anything is possible. I've gotten A's in both science and English courses. That's not me bragging about my grades because trust me they are nothing to brag about, but it's me showing how 2 separate parts of my brain can be strong.

For me, I fell in love with writing through journaling. It's more of a nonfiction writing style, and it's because I had thoughts that needed to leave my brain at 2 am one morning. I didn't want to send any of my friends a long text message expressing my feelings, so I found a notebook and started writing to my future self. Sure enough, it was therapeutic for me and I fell in love with writing as I journaled more.

Part of the reason why I love writing is because it gives me a place to channel my millions of thoughts onto paper. I'm constantly analyzing and sometimes overthinking things. Basically, since I am over-analytical about a lot of things, writing is my outlet to get these thoughts out of my brain.

Over the course of time, I have found this unspoken and secret beauty to the skill of writing. By far it is one of the most important skills anyone could have, and it's a skill that will always be needed because you need writing to communicate through text messaging, emails, proposals, and the list goes on. I love writing for this very reason.

More so, I love science too. Science is my first passion and with wanting to be a high school teacher, I hope to get young students to love science too. It is one of the coolest things on this planet.

To understand how the world works through science is absolutely mind-blowing. If you take or have taken physics, you know that there is an equation for everything like bouncing a ball while walking. It is the coolest thing in the world.

In middle school, we see a volcano diorama and we see how volcanoes sort of work. That's science, most of us are amazed by it. In college, science is really difficult and tedious, but it's fun. It's fun being challenged and being forced to analyze things in new ways.

Over the winter session, I took physics and thank goodness for my professor because he is a true gem of a person, but he made physics apply to the real world. It's the study of the real world and how things work and interact. It's all math and that's the hard part, but it was fun to see how math actually applies to the real world.

Analyzing and understanding the world through a scientific lens is so cool to me. It's not to everyone, and I respect that, but it's cool to know why clouds form and why certain rocks are lighter than others. It's cool to know why when I dribble a basketball even when I am running, it still comes back to my hands.

Point is, there is science behind everything, and I love learning that. I love analyzing it, just as much as I love writing.

Thus, it is possible to love writing and science. It's not common, but both are so cool and imperative to society in their own ways.

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