Roving Reporter, Assembly Follow Up: What does it mean to follow your heart?
Published: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 4:05pm
During the assembly on Friday, Feb. 3, storyteller Gene Tagaban told us to ask our teachers what it meant to follow your heart. For this edition of Roving Reporter, the OG followed Tagaban's advice and interviewed many teachers.
Head of Fine Arts Department
Well actually I've been very fortunate because I knew very early on in my life that I wanted to be in music and I decided early that I also wanted to teach music [...] I couldn't find something that I'd like any better.
It's basically deciding what you're good at, what your passion is, and doing whatever you can to achieve that.
Chris "Fing" Guyotte
Fine Arts Teacher
To follow your heart means to follow your dream. That's what I did; I went into theater for three years and then I went into teaching, and I couldn't ask for a better life.
To determine something that you're passionate about and then making
sure that that is something you're able to do, and also to prepare for being able to do it.
In my opinion it is to do something that you love to do. So to follow your dreams, find something that you really love to do, try to make it into your career so that your life is the most enjoying and most worthwhile experience you can have, because you only have one life right?
I think it means to close your eyes and think really deeply about what you want to do--not what your parents want you to do, not what your friends want you to do, not what your grandparents want you to do, [not] what all the peer pressure wants you to do, but what you, you, want to do.
I mean, I thought it was a really powerful message because I think that [following your heart] is the key to happiness, and I think that there are a lot of things that conspire against us to make us think that there are other things that will make us happy.
Following your heart means doing what's right, doing what feels right, doing
what makes you happy.
For me what it means to follow your heart, is finding out what is going to really bring you fulfillment and happiness rather than letting someone else define that for you.
Do what makes you happy. [...] Too many people get involved in
jobs they hate just because they make a bunch of money. I'm obviously not
making a lot of money, but I'm having more fun than in the jobs where I
made more money.