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A girl with inner hope and overwhelming passion for life. Love for literature as an engineer.

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Planting a Seed  

2014-04-13 06:19:18|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Since my first job, I've been considering future career path, lifelong goals and my dream life. To my astonishment, it is so difficult to come up with a final answer to every topic, even though different thoughts have been generates before and now. The answer corresponding to every topic, we all know, differs for each person, dependent upon your interest, strength, opportunity, and life experiences.

 Sometimes, I was worried that I still cannot come up with a satisfactory reply to myself. At the age of 23, which is only once a lifetime, I still got no destination for long-term pursuit. I once dreamed to be a translator, a writer, an anchor woman and a host. Then, I drifted far and far away from those paths into today's stream. It makes sense to drift around for a while so as to get a taste of more things, then you can make your own decision of where your inner passion is and what suits you better. However, it is a pity to drift more than you need, then that later becomes a waste of time, effort and your own life choices. Since I learned the importance of having a destination in mind, I made every decision with a purpose in mind. Going to the states? -To explore the culture, the language I like and potential alternatives to realize my passion. Choosing IMS?- To support myself financially, gain industry experience and avoid PhD for a subject I have no passion for. Land first job?- To experience what it feels like to work outside of the academic world and how the practical field differs from my research projects. After this last one, I was kind of lost.

I have been employed full-time for two months so far. Getting adjusted to early start and late end, coming home to finish my work with HJ and then getting ready for another early start, I try my best to motivate myself and constantly pursue the thought of that meaningful destination. And I have to admit that this 8am-6pm work style plus the daily tasks may be able to hold my interest and patience for a while, but definitely not a lifelong career. Some weekend afternoons, together with the sunshine, I've been thinking of my travel plans back home and to Greece. My eager to go home was discouraged by mom's proposal to include bmp and arrange for two families to meet. Because of this, sadly, I avoided talking to her for too long so that we won't engage in similar topic again. Greece is my dreamland to go, together with someone I love. However, sorts of things have been stopping bmp especially the US visa re-application. I am afraid of attaching my dream to a single person since it may happen that disappointment will come whether he intend to or not. Thus, I made the decision of solo travel. I told myself, this will be my hope of the year. The intensive work days will pay off the time I arrived in Greece. Although I know myself too well that solo travel probably won't suit me, however, I need to conquer the obstacles if I really want that. That' something left for me to consider.

I went on a customer visit yesterday with my colleague Rod. On the drive, when I was talking about people's lives and beliefs in Africa which I learned from a documentary, he shared his experience staying in Africa designing a water filter for them. This naturally led to the point that he thought the real answer for that miserable life is education. Most people don't know that they have better choices due to lack of education. I was shocked. That experience, according to Rod, has altered his belief as a person- to treasure everything, even a drop of water. It is until that point that you experienced yourself, that you begin to know what is really means. Never before have I realized that education plays such a significant role, not only for one person, but also a community, even a society. And just the day before, I was exploring the choice of pursuing a PhD in education at WVU. And that enhanced my interest. After all, my company can still succeed without me  and I can at most be a super employee upon the end. With a PhD research life in education, I am leading myself to a potentially meaningful future that I am able to contribute to others lives and make a difference in some way. That's a meaningful life. It has nothing to do with whether I've been to some places, where I've traveled and what scenery I've seen, instead, it is about what did I do that creates something meaningful, for myself of course, but more importantly, not only for myself. Plus the fantastic part that I then get to stay with bmp everyday.

Thus, I planted the seed. Expectedly, there is a long way to go for 2015 application. During this potential 7 months preparation, I need to go through that tortuous application process again, only with added difficulty since I have basically no formal education on this topic. Research has to be done, knowledge has to be gained, and that opportunity has to be earned. This planting season seems long at this point, and I will gradually complete what I need to do, learn to savor the process and finally, expect the outcome.

Getting up at 5:10am or even earlier for customer visit was tough, continuing working on HJ part-time stuff after returning home from the full-time job close to 7pm was again tough. For the first time, I have little time to write, to record for myself. However, this journey, I again need to savor and treasure with the hope of this new seed in mind.

I really hope, that this will be a milestone to that meaningful destination, not a side track, holding the same thought PhD should be a pursuit only for something you are passionate about. 

My friends, I wish you all the best and good luck discovering your own answers.
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