Reader’s Confession: Passion Over Money Or Money Over passion?
THEY always say that you must find your passion and purpose so you can live a happy life, but it’s never easy to choose. I am originally from Gauteng and am caught between going after money or my passion.
I started writing when I was in secondary school. At first I just saw it as a hobby and a way to escape from the real world and be this amazing writer. I started writing short dialogues. They were not that good but they were interesting to read.
When I was in Matric I had to choose whether I was going to follow my passion or study pharmaceutical sciences. After being rejected from one university that I applied to, and failing the entrance exam of the other, I felt obliged to go with Plan B.
I’ve always loved maths and studying engineering was one of the options for me. Since I didn’t get into university I went to college to study electrical engineering.I didn’t have time to feel sorry for myself and I knew that everything happens for a reason and for the best. Even though I didn’t go to university like I’d planned to, I worked hard at college and I made sure to give it my all and I got almost 13 distinctions.
After completing my course I stayed at home for few months looking for a job and that’s when I started writing even more. I started writing more short stories for different magazines and entered more competitions and won some of them.
I am still applying for jobs in the engineering world but the love I have for writing is strong and makes me want to consider studying more towards becoming a writer. I love writing and love finding solutions in the engineering world. I am still on a journey to find my purpose in life but I won’t stop writing and I am going to be an engineer. If it means studying two different fields at the same time then so be it.”