Whenever I get blood tests, there’s always a chance I’ll faint. Even if no one’s sticking me with a needle, I may hit the floor from even simply hearing talk of medical exams or blood vessels.
I visited a relative in the hospital last year. A doctor came up to me to explain the testing and examinations they were doing. In the middle of our conversation, I began to hear the familiar ringing in my ears, and my vision started to blur over. “Excuse me,” I said to the doctor, and walked down the hospital hallway. I stood in a corner and tried to make the dizziness stop before I fainted.
I can never be a doctor.
I have similar issues when I fly. During takeoff and landing, I will turn away from whoever I’m talking to. I will put down the book if I’m reading, or look solidly away from my phone. I may close my eyes. These are all preventative tactics I discovered over the years which stop me from developing motion sickness. On boats, these tactics still don’t work, and I have to take dramamine…which still may not work.
I can never be a flight attendant. Nor can I work on a ship.
There are certain careers that just don’t come naturally. You can always excel at a job if you put your mind to it, but sometimes it may be better to forsake certain vocations that are extremely easy for others but super difficult for you.
Not always, of course. If I really wanted to become a doctor or a flight attendant, I guess I could try to fight my natural sickness. But there are many people who don’t get sick at all from these things. They have a natural advantage.
There are less black and white career choices that cause a lot of confusion. I took a computer science class in college and really enjoyed it. However, I was horrible at programming. I just didn’t have a knack for it. Programs that took me two hours to create took many of my classmates 10 minutes. Sure, I’d eventually make the program work, and maybe I’d get faster if I kept at it, but it wasn’t the natural way my brain worked. I got so extremely frustrated with computer programming that I ended my minor in Computer Science and minored in Psychology instead. Still, I wish I’d stuck it out longer– computer programming is something I still really want to do.
Then there’s acting. I love acting. I’m good at acting. But right now I don’t want it enough to go through the ‘business of acting’ – to act as a career. Some people will give up anything to be an actor- they’ll sacrifice, they’ll go through rejection after rejection, they’ll surrender time and money for quite awhile. And I admire the heck out of them. And I want to want it. But I just don’t want it enough. Especially not to go through all that. Not now, anyway.
Are you happy with your chosen career path? Or are you in a field or at a job where you feel like you’re fighting your natural instincts every day? I’m not saying it’s never worth the fight. Sometimes it totally is, if you want it bad enough. But pick your battles carefully. Look for the balance between what you’ve always been good at and what you’re willing to sacrifice for. And remember that many tasks which seem simple to you may be the same ones that cause others to faint dead away.
Lovely article! I agree with you about having to question what you are willing to sacrifice. I took German as a subject at some stage and I hated it but I was really good at it. I dropped it to take physics and chemistry as subjects instead and I honestly despise physics because I find it extremely difficult to do well in it. Learning a third language came naturally to me whereas physics didn’t. I have been questioning if I made the right choice a lot lately.
I have always wondered what causes dizziness as a response to things such as injections and blood. It’s quite fascinating to me. I have a theory that it is because due to not liking the sight or idea of blood, for example, our blood pressure rises and in order to protect our bodies from the increase in blood pressure, we get dizzy and ultimately faint. I should actually ask someone, I think. 🙂
Sorry for my rambling! I have been talking non-stop since yesterday. I wish you a good day! 🙂
Hi Nadine! Thanks! I never mind rambling- it’s one of my favorite things to do, haha! 🙂 Yeah, there are certain things we love but are bad at (for me, computer programming), certain things we dislike but are good at (for you, German), and certain things we dislike AND aren’t that great at (it seems like Physics for both of us) :p The key is to find the balance between being good at something, liking it, and wanting to do it. All three of those things are important, but sometimescomplicated to really dig in and figure out.
And I’m fascinated with why we faint as well. Hmm… Have a great day!!! 🙂
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I was a big time jock in school, all I wanted to do was be a football coach & teacher. Failed to get the required grades in university. Found my true calling in business, started my own small business at 27 years old and never looked back.
Ricodello, that’s awesome that you found your true calling so early! And it looks like you’re still doing great! Not everyone is so lucky and in touch with themselves. Good for you! 🙂
Thanks, but my generation got married early and had families early. Having a wife and two kids by the time I turn 30 tends to focus your career choices.
Totally makes sense– but it’s still good that you focused and found a career that still makes you happy now!