My career path may seem slightly outside of the norm, given my traditional academic degree, followed by a standard ‘office job’ for a short while, before becoming an artist and training as a holistic healer. However, to me, becoming an artist and holistic healer, with a background in geography, politics and international relations is an obvious career path (sort-of).
Let me explain:
- My degree taught me that representation matters. And my holistic healing training taught me how to heal the wounds from said representation.
- My degree in politics taught me that the world stage is a battlefield, and everyone is against each other, and my training in holistic healing taught me how to love myself.
- My degree in geography taught me about colonialism (and post-colonial guilt and trauma). And my training in holistic healing taught me that it’s possible to heal from generations of trauma and suffering.
- My degree in politics taught me that women are never in power, and my artwork has taught me that it’s possible to speak your truth, regardless of who you are.
- My degree in politics taught me that borders have meaning, and my artwork taught me that this meaning is completely made up.
- My degree in geography taught me that the world’s environment and resources are being exploited, and my degree in geography was right.
- My degree in international relations taught me that democracy was the answer, and if more people would vote, then everything would be ok. My training in holistic healing has taught me that the biggest political statement you can make is to heal yourself.
- My degree in geography taught me to acknowledge that every representation has been imagined through the lens of somebody else’s perception and/or interests, and geography was right.
- My degree in politics taught me that people are just political players on a board game. And my holistic healing taught me that everyone matters.
- My degree in geography taught me to think of places in terms of ‘case studies.’ And my holistic healing taught me to think of people in terms of people.
I’ll never regret my time in academia, although it is hilarious to think that I could still have been doing what I’m doing without time spent studying for 4 years, some of it I loved, some of it did help me question the power dynamics of what I see playing out around me, and some of it was hilariously anciently pointless.
This is not an anti-degree post, I did really enjoy my degree and I did like most of the content, it’s just interesting to see where people end up sometimes.
It does mean that I had 4 years spent learning to write for an academic audience, which is funny, because they’ll never read this 😊
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