Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Have you ever thought about how you became the person you are today? Were there outside factors which greatly influenced you life? Is this your destiny? Have certain choices along the way made significant differences? I was having a conversation with Patrick the other night and he made a comment about how he would be a totally different person, had he studied Physics instead of Business Engineering. It really got me thinking if I my personality and persona would be different had I studied something else and what else would I have studied? At one point I wanted to study mariend biology and when I think about it, my life would be different had I studied Marien Biology, at least on the surface. I can tell you one thing, chances are good that I would not live in Germany since there is not much marien life in a country with such a small coast. In life, I would be less flexible based on my career, but would I have become a different person. I just don't know. I like to think that experiences shape you but do not form your personality. Esentially, everyone has his or her own personality and that is only enhanced by life experiences. I would have never decided to study Physics because that does not fit my inherent personality so where Patrick fears that he would have become an anti-social, all black weaing physicist without a hair style, I can't even begin to fathom myself as a physcist EVER. At this point, I guess I should point out that in gErmany, moreso than in the US, what you study is what you do with your life. It is rare to study one thing and find a career in a completely different field. Whereas in the US, a degree in Political Science does may well lead you to a career in Marketing. Think about it, what choices have you made that could have altered your personality and were these choices fated or did you really have a say in your own destiny?