- Oct 25, 2013
I understand what you are saying here, but I look at it in a very different light.Somewhere along the line we seem to adjust our trajectory once we realize our true (or at least our perceived true) potential. That kid who wanted to be an astronaut becomes the high school student who wants to work for NASA, which becomes the college student who wants to become an engineer, which somehow ends up as the adult who works in a warehouse.
That kid who wanted to become an astronaut gets to high school and realizes there's a lot more to going into space than strapping on a suit. That ties into the "potential" part, but there is so much more! There's also the want to do those types of things that disappear. Ambition is equally as important as potential. I think you are a perfect example of that. While you are successful in what you do (and are more than comfortable doing it), tell me you could not get a PhD and work in research labs? I think most kids ambition bottoms out well before their potential does.
Secondly, In high school, it is generally considered "not cool" to have those types of dreams anymore. In fact, from my experience, it is almost "not cool" to have any dreams. Mostly it is just "I have no f'in clue what I'm doing after high school" or at the most "I'm going to x university to study something, then whatever."
Again, I know there are a lot of demanding academic jobs out here that are just not for 90% of the populace and that is where the potential factor in. But I think ambition and goal setting are missing, too.