When it comes to worthwhile academic or vocational pursuits,
Its not so clear cut what counts as a worthy pursuit anymore.
We can all point to examples of unhappy lawyers and doctors,
Though highly respected pushed to the edge
Worked to the bone; almost resentful of the well-beaten path
They find their feet on.
And the quintessential ‘madly happy’ artist, overly enthusiastic
And somehow making it work, despite living in a generation
Still grappling with the idea that art is a decent job.
When does it occur to us
That you don’t necessarily need and may actually never get
To try out what you actually enjoy doing?
Its not rocket science but sometimes its worth reminding ourselves-
You don’t necessarily need a checklist
To make it through life okay.
Maybe you do have time for that detour.