‘Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.’
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
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This quote seems particularly apt at the moment. I’m soon going to be returning to my life a full time student, (In less than a week in fact!) and for this year I have had to search out my own work placement in the field of psychology and it has been unsurprisingly, very stressful! The problem with psychology is there are so many areas that you can’t work in unless you are fully qualified because of confidentiality. Therefore I have been mostly limited to charities. Originally I wanted to get something in the autism field because it is an area that fascinates me and I’m a big fan of developmental psychology in general, but there were no places near my area and it would have been an illogical commute, so I have ended up with a placement in a completely different area, mental health! It is at crossroads like this that you really start thinking about the ‘what if’s’. What if I had been in an area close enough to volunteer at an autism charity? Would I have liked it? By working at this new place will I change my mind and want to go into mental health? Or will it lead me in a different direction completely? And most interestingly, I wonder what I would be doing if I hadn’t chosen psychology for my A Level on a whim of fancy. It’s strange to think of the random circumstances that can lead to a direction you go in, whether you call it fate, luck, coincidence, random or cosmic. Me, I choose random, but who knows? 🙂
While where I wanted to go for this placement was not a probable ‘opportunity’ I still love Fitzgerald’s quote and I think it is quite fitting. 😀
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