How did you come to realize that you are doing what you were born to do?
How did you discover your talents? What makes you excited to get up in the morning and pursue your passion? How many years of searching did it take?
The first time I stood in front of my own classroom and taught my first class...there is no way to describe it. Now that I am writing, and the high I get when I craft the perfect sentence....it's the same feeling.
By doing it first by accident. I started teaching music and realized that I was really fulfilled when my days were done. The skills I had taken for granted for decades were now providing me with a way to help kids and their love is so pure. Their parents are another story....
This is an excellent question. I feel like I haven't found it and I'm 68! I better hurry up. It's there; I know it. Right now, though I'm disappointed in my "talents".
When I was teaching Adult Basic Education for the Deaf at one point, I had the experience like Billybuc and Bronterae describe. One or two times in that evening class where I taught without a word spoken, (so to speak) I felt "in the zone" as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes in his book, "Flow," but it was fleeting.
There recently was a piece on TV the other day that featured a person who had formerly been in jail who was extremely positive about what he had to give to the world. The commentator seemed to doubt him, but he was adamant that he knows he was called to do something important. Actually, I feel the same, but I can't put my finger on it. I'm still searching. As they say, "I hope my ship comes in before the dock rots." If you're searching yourself, you might find the Strong Campbell Interest Tests helpful for a general ball park. Also, the Myers Briggs has an in depth career assessment that goes along with its personality test, but again, that only puts you in the ballpark. It will be interesting to see what others have to say here.
I thought on this for a while and was headed towards writing. I finally joined HubPages.
Are you "trying" this writing thing, or is it something you want to pursue full force?
Actually, I was always drawn towards writing as a sideline, but never pursued it fully until I could not find a second job, so finally I tried writing.
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