It's one idea. It is the most common idea in France- in fact most young people are steered by the educational system into their career dependent upon
what areas they show strength in- not personal choice. I mean, it is possible to buck that system (my husband did) but most kids don't bother, because
aiming for activities that you find challenging is simply not a value they have grown up with.
I've always been one to feel attracted towards whatever was challenging to me. Soon as I find it difficult, I want to do it.
I was afraid of galloping on a horse, so of course, became obsessed with learning to be a good rider. When young, I hated the focus upon superficial
appearences, and went into cosmetology school. As soon as I found out my tennis elbow was chronic, probably for life, I HAD to learn to play drums. I
do not have a head for numbers, I actually have a problem keeping them in mind for even a second- and I spend all off time doing Sudoku.
It's either stupid, or a continual search to overcome my limits, that I get a high off of.
Regardless, though I profit personally from these challenges, as far as my work goes, I must admit that I repeatedly tend to slide away as soon as
the skill is basically mastered. I don't want to continue. I lose the passion. Even if it was my life for years, once I've gotten over my struggle,
I'm on to another challenge.
A job that I found so unchallenging at first I didn't feel nervous on my first day, turned out to be comfortable enough that I'd like to stay there
for the rest of my life. But it is exactly what I am good at naturally, it fits my personality. It doesn't have that exciting edge of stress, but
then, maybe it is an age thing- at a certain age, you kind of feel ready to just be comfortable with who you are what the genetic lottery gave you?
I don't know. I'm still trying to learn those drums, despite the pain, so I guess the settling hasn't completely won yet.