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Life comes at you fast when you grow up. One second you are playing counter ball with your guys in JS 1 and the next second you are in NYSC camp trying to figure out how you graduated an Engineer and got all these life choices…

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However once in the real world you realize all those creative people that ended up as lawyers or doctors never truly lost sight of that inner creativity. Many spent time making jewelry or printing shirts and posters in Uni to make that extra buck and after Uni just left it all behind and got on with life.

Some stuck with it, leaving their BSc/MSc/HND behind and found themselves in media or art inclined businesses, while others just took what they could get. But I think things are changing, people are realizing the potential of doing what you love.

A friend recently told me how her father that used to drive her onto the “big boys” career path (Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, etc) had a discussion with her the other day about how if she wants to be a clothing designer, he can hook her up with manufacturers in Paris, and that if she has a dream then she should go for it.

This conversation seems to be happening everywhere more recently. I have been hearing more of the same thing; people’s parents who were sticklers for “Study this and Read that” all of a sudden are realizing that the world really isn’t the same place it used to be.

In those day’s doctors were one of the most respected and well paid people around, but now I know more graphic artists that are making it big.

The times are changing and I can imagine in the near future when a child says “I want to be a writer” their Nigerian parents will nurture that need and keep driving the child on-wards. And even if they change their mind a million times like children do, their parents would be there to guide along life’s crooked and treacherous paths.

It is true that there are loads of parents out there that nurture their children’s creative talents, or even instill some in them. But many parents that push their children into Law or Engineering are doing so because they want what is best for them, but usually the result is children graduating with a BSc in what they didn’t want to do and saying, “Ok so I’ve done what you want, now it’s time to do what I want to do”.

University Jand - NaijaIt would be a mistake to think that it was a waste of 4 or 5 years in a course they didn’t care much for but they grew up in that time and became who they would be for the rest of their lives, so all in all, something was gained.

Now go on and think about it, what did you want to be and what are you doing now? It’s not meant to be a glass half empty exercise, it’s just a nudge to say it’s never too late. Add aspects of what you like in your job or even in your everyday life, you like creativity, fiddle with power point for the next presentation, design the new company cards, talk to the marketing department about your ideas for a radio jingle, there are loads of ways.

With this, you are bound to find more happiness at work and in life and trust me, we all need some of that. Besides, before you get all complacent or high and mighty, you’re eventually going to be the one with the job of raising a child and then you’ll have to tell your own kids what to do.

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