It’s simply not true that a “rapidly changing individual” cannot have a career.

When I took my first job in my field, it was drudgery; the idea that I might be relegated to this work for life terrified me. I would wake up in the middle of the night and feel so helpless — here I was, pushing paper, watching people 30 years older than me do the same exact work. They’d been grinding it out longer than I’d been alive. Was that going to be me?

But the beauty of working in a field you enjoy, even if the job feels dead-end, is that you can use your training to do something new. After a couple of years I leveraged my experience to get a job in a different area of my profession. I enjoy it a lot more — but I would not have been able to obtain my job, or perform its duties, had I not slogged through for a couple of years.

You’ve got to take a holistic, long-term view. You can change — indeed, it would suck if we did not change over time — but it’s so much easier to act on that change if you have a base to build on, rather than periodically reinventing the wheel. Were I in your position, I would be thinking things like: can I take a community college course in woodworking, and then build cool new acoustic keyboards? Because honestly, I would totally buy one.

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