I'm pretty sure we all know how some people pick their career based on what their parents want, sacrificing their dreams for their parent's approval, and losing their happiness on the way. Some choose their job based on the salary -the higher, the better- and wonder if this is all life can offer for them. Then some pursue their passions; they go for what they love.
When I was a senior in high school, I had a classmate that was all about the money. He kept asking our professors what career made more money. He went from wanting to studying finance to medicine and, truthfully, I have no idea what he ended up studying. In that same classroom, two students were the complete opposite of him. These two students were pursuing their biggest passions, regardless of how hard it was going to be and how impossible it sounded. They have both been pursuing their dreams ever since they found what made them passionate. One of them was passionate about theatre and, let me tell you, we all knew about her passion for being on stage. She graduated and continued on with her dream. The other classmate has reached many with his music and travels everywhere, enhancing his musical knowledge. Of course, I don't know how many people in my class were forced to study a specific major, but I do know that most, if not all, have at some point in our bachelor's study questioned if this is what we want to do with the rest of our lives.
I decided to pursue what I am genuinely passionate about; I also learned along the way that I have another passion, which I'll be pursuing after I finish my current degree. I am graduating with a major in Creative Writing, and it wasn't until now that I got the time to sit down and write without worrying about a grade, that I remembered why I decided to pursue this career.
When you are doing what you love, you feel content, and you feel proud; your soul feels content. It's comforting knowing how happy the job you are doing makes you. Going home and getting to say "I had a good day at work," regardless of how hectic it was, or telling people how much you love your job and seeing that happiness in your eyes.
I am by no means saying that not following your dreams will make you unhappy, but you might ask yourself "what if?" Remember, you can always start pursuing your passions again. You have a safe job that keeps you and your family free from stress, now go and do what you love.