My sister is a Civil Engineer. She just got her PE (is that what it’s called?) last year. She makes pretty good money, and she’s moving up in her company, but she HATES her job. She’s never liked it. She majored in Engineering in college, and by the end of school, she already didn’t want to do it, but she felt she had no choice.
She loves studying about food and exercise. She’s interested in everything that has to do with keeping the body healthy. Interested perhaps is an understatement. She’s an amateur nutritionist. She reads everything she can get her hands on.
Recently, she finally decided to make the move. She wants to quit her job before the new year and go back to school, and this makes my parents more than a little apprehensive. They are not happy about it.
The thing is, though, that for the first time in a long time, my sister’s excited. As worried as she is about what she’ll do with her house and how she’ll pay her bills, she’s actually got something to look forward to.
I should note that my sister is intensely organized and super practical. She’s not the kind of person who does this kind of thing, and when she decides to do it, she’s going to cover all her bases.
I’m just curious, though, is my sister making a big mistake? Is there any way to know?
I’ve been encouraging her to do this, but I’m hoping that I’m not just supporting her in doing something that makes her happy now, but will eventually cause her huge problems in the future. I just believe that people should be doing what makes them happy, not just what they can do. My parents, who have both had the same job their entire lives and have never “really liked” their jobs, don’t see it this way.