Am I making a mistake with this career choice?
I'm 29 and disabled so I'm limited on which jobs I can do. I was cursed with too many passions in life (many would see it as a blessing, but I don't, bc I'm overly passionate about too many things, and can never pick just one thing to focus on). I LOVE philosophy, psychology, math, MUSIC, piano, singing, writing, helping others, and I'm really good at database maintenance, sales, and whatnot. How do I pick just one career from ALL OF THOSE if I'm equally passionate about all? I'd say my top two would be music and psychology, though. So I have at least kind of narrowed it down. But here's the thing, the obvious answer would be, "Do whatever makes you happy!" I've heard that sooo many times. Problem is they both make me happy. It was ALWAYS my entire life my dream to be a music producer, songwriter, etc. and I am a producer and songwriter, but i do it independently. I'd like to work for a studio but I need a degree. Same if I wanted to be a psychologist. So I went back to college and I'm studying psychology instead of music. Is this a bad choice? Am I just throwing out my dream to be a musician? It's a nice dream but it's more of a pipe dream and hobby, and more of an unrealistic goal. I'm sure I could succeed as a musician, but since i'm equally good at psychology I figured I'd pick the career that I could better help people. What do you think? Do you think I should do music bc I am throwing out my talent now? Or am I not throwing it out? Can i still do music on the side, and how? Btw I am a singer and had spent years and years practicing singing in choirs and such, and I play piano at a very advanced level and could be a success at it... so if I pick psychology, do you think I am throwing out my music talent, which I developed first? It seems like there are lots of musically talented people who feel music is more of a hobby and they quit after high school... but to me it was my entire life. But I guess I stopped trying and I gave up on my music dreams bc I chose a different career path, psychology. :( Although I LOVE psych, it kind of makes me sad that I put music on the back burner, when for so long I put music on a pedestal. But I truly feel that even if I studied music, I'd be disappointed that it didn't feel fulfilling enough and that I wasn't helping people . Anyway my parents just spent over $3000 cash for me to go back to college so I MUST follow through with this now. And to Koury, what is your problem? You're asking if I'm trolling and claiming I sound like I'm 14? Really? Suggesting I quit studying Psych because my disability is possibly from a "delayed emotional ... " really? How naive is that, to even comment on my disability, when you have no idea? Have you ever heard of lung diseases? Well that's what I have. So I guess if lung diseases can stem from delayed emotions, then I guess you'd be correct. But umm... my lung disease is actually crippling, as I have scarring on my airways, basically pulmonary fibrosis just not quite as bad yet. And what was so naive about my entry? Was it my poor grammar? Because I'll admit, I didn't take that much time to edit it bc it's yahoo answers and I really was just trying to get my point across. But even if you did think I was 14, you're basically telling someone at that age to give up on music because of what now? And to tell me I should not be a Psych "I can't bring myself to believe that a 29-year-old person would write a post that sounds like a 14-year-old person wrote given the naivete"... okay, then don't believe it. But I guess you'd feel like an idiot then if you found out I was truly 29 then, huh?
Asked By: simplysoulful - 1/22/2013
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Let me tell you something. I attended the Art Institute for a hefty cost. The schooling is top notch and up to date, structured, and prepares you with the knowledge and experience of working in a professional recording studio. Now with all that being said, there's no truth to a REQUIREMENT of working for a studio... More
Answered By: Jon W - 1/22/2013
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Oh my god... Psych is so much better than paying a bunch of money to learn music if you already do it independently. If youre passionate about psych, get it together and do an awesome job. Music can be a sideproject.
Answered By: Maria - 1/22/2013
I'll be honest, I only skimmed your details, but it seems to me that if you have to ask the question, then you don't feel good about your career choice. You can always change your major, or double major... More
Answered By: gemini98765 - 1/22/2013
You are 29, disabled, and a professional student. So do you earn an income? Your parents won't be around forever, so decide how you will pay the rent.
Answered By: mildred f - 1/22/2013
Are you a troll, or are you lying about your age? I can't bring myself to believe that a 29-year-old person would write a post that sounds like a 14-year-old person wrote given the naivete. Part of my incredulity comes from the fact that I'm also 29... More
Answered By: Koury - 1/22/2013
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