Taking the right path to your future is something I don’t really believe in. In my opinion it doesn’t really matter which path you take to your future or your goal, but get there. I honestly believe that it doesn’t matter how you reach your goal provided you don’t do anything illegal or immoral, as long as you reach your goal. This is of great value to me personally as well, because I’ve struggled with my career choice for a long time and for the first time in years, I can clearly see what goal I want to achieve and I’m thoroughly happy with it.
When I started uni a few years ago, I was convinced that I was destined to become history teacher. It just seemed logical: I love history, I love talking and I love helping people. But during that degree I discovered that my passion of writing kept coming back and I had no idea what to do with that recurring feeling. So what did I do? I neglected that feeling, I ignored and lied to myself that it wasn’t important to listen to that feeling. Let alone act on it. So I just kept buggering on and finished my years. I changed university, and changed again. I studied history and I’m doing an Arts & Culture degree now and something very strange happened to me. I had no idea what I was destined to be and the only thing I knew for certain is that I wanted to write.
So the question I kept asking myself for the past year was the following: Okay, you want to write. But what do you want to write about and in which capacity? I suppose I was and still am rather good at writing papers, essays and academic pieces, but I am not sure if that is where my passion lies. Not yet anyway. So the keyword in life is passion, I think. What makes you motivated and inspired? What makes you go that extra mile? What keeps that fire within in you, burning with desire and passion? This might come as a shock for some of you (okay naturally, I’m joking), but football is one of my biggest passion, arguably the biggest passion I have.
I have been working with my local professional football club for some years now and it really makes me happy. My role within the club is to work with and in press & communication, which is something I love doing. I write pieces for the website, magazines and occasionally for other stuff as well, and that experience has made me more keen to write more of these pieces. I have thought of becoming a journalist before and in particular a sports journalist, but I was thrown of by some nasty comments by others. They said I couldn’t write, had no feeling for the business and no capacity or quality to work within this niche. Fair play, that is there opinion, but I was devastated at the time and that has been my fault.
Listening to others, instead of believing in myself has been something that has stopped me from doing the things I like and love, in the past. But not anymore. I really want to be a journalist. I want to write about football and other sports. I want to write about history and politics. I want to write about art, film and music. I want to write in both Dutch and English. And for the first time in my life, I have been 100% sure of my career choice and path. I’m not limited by the opinions of friends, family and strangers. I’m going for my own happiness and that’s the way it should be.
I have no idea where it will lead me or how I will get to my ultimate goal of being a published journalist in print, but I’m a journalist and I’m proud of myself!