Anaïs Nin quote

“You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.”

-Anaïs Nin


2 responses to “Anaïs Nin quote

  1. I agree with this completely. I have always told Adam & Helen to start on a path but to be prepared to go off on another adjoining path if it seems to lead somewhere more interesting. But I think most people are quite rigid in their thinking, particularly when it comes to careers. They think they will leave their mark on this world by moving upwards in their chosen field. Often they don’t question whether the choice they made as teenagers is still the correct one in their forties. On the other hand I do realise that giving up a regular and healthy income to pursue a dream is not necessarily a reality if you’ve got a mortgage and a family to support. But I think young people should be more flexible and give greater thought to their all round happiness rather than what is expected of them. Life’s too short.

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