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When did you realize what you wanted to do in life?
Posted 8/29/14
I think of it like this. We're all only here for, what, at the maximum, 100 or so years? You have to do something in your time, despite what some people will say. Maybe it's the Catholic in me, but I wholly believe that every single human being has a purpose on this planet, whether it's good or bad. People say "I'm not good at anything" or "I'm not meant to do anything". Stop. Just stop. You are. Okay.

Anyway, I did training and spent a lot of time in various fields before finally realizing what I want(ed) to do. I originally was trying to become a music producer, but after some time working toward that goal I realized it's a disparate business, where some make money and others are barely able to survive. I quit it pretty much overnight, and now do it more as a hobby than anything else.

I haven't really been anything, other than student, employee, friend, etc. So I guess I've realized yet haven't fully succeeded in my "ultimate goal" but....

If you have realized what you wanted to do with your life, when did you and what is it? If you haven't. Don't worry
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Originally I wanted to be a RAF pilot, that wore off, then it was airline pilot. The excessive cost sadly prevented that one!
Then it was between aeronautical engineering and product design (since about 2010), but after doing some work experience I decided on product design between the two

After a probable gap year (with any luck, teaching in Japan), I'll go study that for a few years and get into the industry Not long now
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that reminds me to start thinking about what I want to do in life.
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I'd say when I was 13/14 was when I decided. I was reading Robotech novelizations (yes, they existed) and playing games on old dial-up BBS's, and decided I wanted to make a Robotech flavored text-based RPG similar to one I was playing on the computer set in a fantasy realm. I learned how to program to make that game, and eventually started a career in the gaming industry

I ended up leaving games last year in favor of other work.. did some contracting for CR a bit at the end of the year, now I'm on an R&D team at a different company doing some crazy stuff.. but the stuff I learned in games is serving me extremely well even so.

I'm not sure how long this phase will last - I was in the games industry for over a decade, this is fresh and new, and someday I want to teach, but through it all, programming is what I'm doing (and enjoying).
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I still haven't realised what I want to do in life, but yeah studying laws isn't that fun : (
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Hey fella! I work in the game industry too :)

I always knew I would be doing something artistic with my life, but my path became clear during my 2nd year of college. I was in a 3D Animation program in college and when I started I thought I would become a 3D Artist. We had some animation classes during the first year but I HATED it... Then, when I started the second year and had a character animation class, I kinda liked it better than the first course we had. I was also better at animating than most of the other students. I remember one day my teacher came to me and said "You know, you should consider becoming an animator..." I thought about it and for me, it was a revelation. That night, I said to my boyfriend "I'm going to be an animator." and he was surprised since I already told him that I hated animation XD Now that I think about it, my first animation class was probably a disaster because of the teacher...

Now, I'm an animator working in the game industry and I love it I'd like to teach someday as well.
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Not really. When I was around 4 I told my parents I wanted to become a pediatrician. Let's see how that goes.
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Posted 8/29/14
I kind of always knew that I was gonna be working with something in technology ever since my dad plop me in front of a computer when I was in second grade.

After that I decided at 18-19 where I was going specifically.

Do note that I spend my childhood and teen years worried about it. Then I meditated and found some answers.
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I'm a double major in Psychology and Sociology. I fell that one should understand a person physically and mentally. My main goal is to help children, I've been working as a youth counselor for the past 4 years and have recently because a counselor specialist. At first I wanted to be a Mathematics teacher, but after some time I asked myself, why do I need to take 5+ levels of calculus just to teach Calculus AB to high school students and so I changed my major. I chose Psy and Soc because of my first year working at a youth counselor, I saw many things wrong with these children I was there to help, from their attitudes to their nutrition. Which all these kids came from bad neighborhoods and where in programs like foster care, GAP, and other government funded programs to "Help the Children" but in reality didn't help at all. Since then I live my the motto "For The Kids" as in I'll do anything and everything for the kids.
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I have no idea what I wanna do in life. Society is too big in modern days yo. It was easier back when you could be the only shoemaker or craftsman in town.
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Posted 8/29/14

Ithalea wrote:

Hey fella! I work in the game industry too :)

I always knew I would be doing something artistic with my life, but my path became clear during my 2nd year of college. I was in a 3D Animation program in college and when I started I thought I would become a 3D Artist. We had some animation classes during the first year but I HATED it... Then, when I started the second year and had a character animation class, I kinda liked it better than the first course we had. I was also better at animating than most of the other students. I remember one day my teacher came to me and said "You know, you should consider becoming an animator..." I thought about it and for me, it was a revelation. That night, I said to my boyfriend "I'm going to be an animator." and he was surprised since I already told him that I hated animation XD Now that I think about it, my first animation class was probably a disaster because of the teacher...

Now, I'm an animator working in the game industry and I love it I'd like to teach someday as well.


Game devs (former and current) unite!

You make a great point - no one should ever let a single teacher or class turn them off of something. I know how discouraging it can be to deal with something like that, and yeah, sometimes the topic really just isn't your kind of thing, but it could be that the teacher just sucks, or doesn't like you for some reason, or dozens of other things.

Thankfully, there are also the great teachers and classes, like you had to set you on your path!
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Posted 8/29/14
My dreams are dying. I don't know what to do anymore.
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before I entered the workforce, I wanted to be many things... but after having been working for 2 years... i'm not so sure anymore.

just another rambling of a lunatic under spoiler
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Posted 8/29/14 , edited 8/29/14
When? I don't really remember but I only wanted to play the ultimate action RPG that is strategic, physical, and full of action. I wanted to fulfill the role of 'pass rusher' for a living but after a grade-3 achilles tear it is game-over.

Now I sit here as an apprentice plumber for my grandfather's business by day and a hobbyist game programmer by night. The pay is good but due to certain regulations on apprentice to journeyman/master ratios I am competing for limited hours. One of the biggest factors against me is that I exceed the weight limit of our ladders by 60lbs . I suppose I could be worse off but I am still left wondering 'what-if.'

My previous lifestyle of training before everything has caught up with me and now I also fight off feelings of loneliness. Forget girlfriend, I don't even have (many) friends!

I'm just going to take it one day at a time and find a balance between training to drop weight without losing too much muscle, work, housework, and programming. Everyday is a grind.
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AiYumega wrote:

I think of it like this. We're all only here for, what, at the maximum, 100 or so years? You have to do something in your time, despite what some people will say. Maybe it's the Catholic in me, but I wholly believe that every single human being has a purpose on this planet, whether it's good or bad. People say "I'm not good at anything" or "I'm not meant to do anything". Stop. Just stop. You are. Okay.

Anyway, I did training and spent a lot of time in various fields before finally realizing what I want(ed) to do. I originally was trying to become a music producer, but after some time working toward that goal I realized it's a disparate business, where some make money and others are barely able to survive. I quit it pretty much overnight, and now do it more as a hobby than anything else.

I haven't really been anything, other than student, employee, friend, etc. So I guess I've realized yet haven't fully succeeded in my "ultimate goal" but....

If you have realized what you wanted to do with your life, when did you and what is it? If you haven't. Don't worry


It was when I turned 19 or 20. I decided to become a Detective or work somewhere in law enforcement. It's not because I love it, but it's because it's a field where I can make some good guaranteed money and to buy the things and events that I love and for my loved ones around me. But, I really like video editing/Video Production. I would like to edit animation videos as a side project or as a hobby! Perhaps learn another instrument or language!
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