A few years back I made a resolution to become more active in my life and grasp the opportunities that came my way. For me this meant starting small – I had always been the shy retiring type, in need of a confidence boost. But I had so many interests and a big curious head on my shoulders. So what started as accepting more invitations and saying ‘why not?’, has grown into so much more. I had one of my best years yet studying art, craft and design in Cork city. Since then I’ve focused on getting a degree. I turned to the humanities as I’d always been really interested in sociology and was passionate about human rights and justice. This past year has been spent working voluntarily in human rights – it’s been a real eye opener.
Now I find myself looking down the final year of a degree wondering ‘what the hell am I gonna do?’ Scary Economic Recession aside, I’m having more and more doubts about continuing down this road. Doubt sucks. I’m really interested in my studies, don’t get me wrong, but is this what I want to do? I can’t ignore my passion for all things creative – music, film, arts, crafts and fashion. Apart of me feels guilty for even considering choosing arts and culture over human rights (what could be more important, right?), but recently the prospect of consigning the creative side to limited hobby-time scares me. Do I focus on academia or take a risk and try to make a go of a creative career? Is this just graduation jitters?
Needless to say I’ve got a lot of thinking to do…