The other day I told my mom that I didn't want to become a veterinarian anymore and that I wanted to become a wildlife rehabilitator because I've grown to love it so much. Her response? "But then you're not going to make any money." People need to understand that being rich won't solve the world's problems, nor will it fulfill one's soul. Passion is what sustains this planet. Money doesn't equal happiness and I'm glad that we have discovered that at such a young age. I love ya! :)
Yes! Money shouldn’t be the sole reason people do things or get up in the morning. I personally know people that have worked really hard all their lives just to accumulate a small fortune. Now, they’re old and retired and yes, they have money but their whole youth was wasted on making that money instead of just living and enjoying life.
The other day at the paddle out for whales, Bob Irwin and I were discussing the Dugong hunt in Queensland and he said “You better hurry up and get that degree of yours because we’re in need of conservationists with marine biology degrees! Dugong biologists are in demand!”
I’d rather be poor. At least I’ll go to sleep with a clear conscience knowing that my life was devoted to an unselfish cause rather than ambition and glory…or paper.
Why do you want to study marine biology or conservation biology when there is money to be made in other fields?
For a long time, family members and other adults would laugh at me for being that kid that wanted to study lions in the Serengeti instead of wanting to make money as a lawyer or a doctor. They would make comments like “You’re going to die of hunger” or “A smart girl like you should be a doctor not a biologist, that’s silly”. As a young kid, that CRUSHED my self-esteem and this taunting by “mature” adults was a great source of anxiety for me.
I found, however, that marine science is truly my passion. I got accepted into an excelling high school in Florida that is based around maritime studies and I took classes such as Marine Biology and Environmental Science. I also got involved with local ocean activists a few years prior to my acceptance to that school. I changed a lot mentally during this period and I would go as far as to say that I was enlightened. Money no longer defines success in my world. In fact, I let go of many social constructs. I seek fulfillment and money isn’t part of that. I’d rather wake up and do something I’m passionate about than live a miserable life doing something I dread.
Sorry for the long answer! I just think that it’s important for all my followers, especially the young ones, to know that they’re in charge of their own lives and they shouldn’t let other people’s definition of success define their achievements or dictate who they need to be.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and they’re free to think what they like. However, as a SCUBA diver myself, who has experienced nature at its best, who has been stalked by wild whales, I don’t see how anyone who has had the privilege of experiencing this as well can defend an industry that brainwashes the public and keeps innocent animals in a tank for their own benefit.
Tonight at my school’s awards ceremony, I received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for my commitment to addressing social issues! With the recognition I received a $30,000 scholarship to attend the University of Rochester in New York provided that I’m accepted.
I am INCREDIBLY honored! Out of all the awards I could have received, this is one that means the most to me. I’m a very happy camper right now. :)
I would like to congratulate my awesome friend Megan. She’s amazing and she totally deserves this!