Playlist: Barcelona – Ed Sheeran
On quarter life crises…
Ironically, my quarter life crisis happened just as I turned 25. I remember exactly how I felt that day. C called me around lunch time and had to deal with me breaking down into tears. I felt stuck there at work and at the other dental practice I was working at with no sign of respite. My shoulders and back could not take the physical toll, while mentally I began to loathe repeating the words I said hour after hour. I worked in windowless rooms with artificial air, light and overly cheery wall stickers. I didn’t know when it was fine, windy, raining or when the sun had set. I tried other work, but it was not what I was looking for. I took a month off to study a certificate in teaching English to adults, which landed me a job that I could do at the same time as hygiene. This year I started studying interior design while working as a teacher, so now I feel that I went from somewhere I didn’t want to be, to somewhere I don’t mind being, going somewhere that excites me.
Talking to many elderly people in dental hygiene taught me that life is too short for me to be somewhere stagnant. I’ve found that many of the international students I teach are roughly the same age as us and have told me very similar stories to mine. I’ve also met inspirational students with amazing dreams and strong desires to achieve them. I admire them so much, coming from a culture and society that doesn’t help us to cultivate such dreams. The students dare me to dream and be more passionate about life, compared to the softer push from the older folk who have already lived their lives. Some things I’d like to achieve are…
- running a photography business
- living overseas
- starting a family
- opening a workshop where I can teach and sell handcrafts/other things?