Some people protest that we should direct our passion for our profession. Others argue that we should make our profession our passion. Should people go on a debate for such?
When I was young, I used to believe in the former. Now that I am older, I am convinced that the latter complements are the former. At first, we direct our profession through our passion. When we get to that profession, we make it a part of us – our profession then becomes our passion.
Passion and aspiration have been my flavors of reinforcement in becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I must say I graduated the course by complete accident but became a CPA by utmost passion.
Let me take you the series of unfortunate and fortunate events in my life.
As a kid, I dreamed of teaching English and writing articles, poems, and novels. To achieve this, I thought I would take a major in English or teaching. Who would have thought that my destiny would take a full turn? When I graduated from high school and preparing for my college, my uncle brought me under his care. This is when I realized that sometimes you do not get to decide your fate.
I was enrolled at one of the prestigious schools in the city with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Even though the numbers were my nemeses, I could not disagree because of my financial problems. I just encouraged myself to work hard and love the intricacies of numbers. Everything would have gone smoothly had I not failed my major accounting subject in my second year. From then on, everything turned into a total mess. I was lost in the crowd of aspiring accountants, like a sailboat in all directions. Unknown to my family and friends, I was undergoing the lowest point of my life. My hate for accounting and numbers grew worse, and my nightmares wanted to devour me. Had I not found refuge in music and inspirational movies, I would have lost my senses.
The good fortunes did not give up on me as I was able to reach my final year after surpassing countless hurdles. Fortunate was the perfect description as many of my classmates did not make it until the final year. I thought it was the end of my suffering but I had to take the pain of taking one subject for three semesters. During my third take, I thought I had enough of accounting and started looking for an English teaching job. Luckily, I passed that one subject and finally finished the course. I felt empty rather than feeling happy.
Like a lost child, I kept looking for my way of teaching English. History has it that I had numerous failed attempts as my major was neither English nor Education. Fortunately, after months of waiting, one of the English academies accommodated me a three-month trial. That time, my dream to teach came true. I forgot about accounting and submerged myself in learning the English language. For more than two years, I had access to ways on improving my teaching, communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. I was at the pinnacle of my dream and happiness, I believed.
Fate would still play a trick on me. After years of teaching English, I found my way back to the accounting profession. I observed that most of my students surprisingly improved in a short time. I usually asked them how they did it, and they would tell me that they badly needed English to go abroad or land a job. They were passionate about English as much as they were passionate about their profession. They often told me that their profession was the determinant of all their sacrifices, including learning English in a foreign land. Unconsciously, I was taught that all along what was missing in me was my willingness to learn to do accounting. It was not that I hated numbers, it was because I hated to love numbers. I thought I should give accounting another try but, this time, with utmost will and passion.
I was faced with two choices. Should I continue teaching, or should I take the CPA board examinations? I chose the latter. I left the academy when everything was in its perfect sense. That meant I had to go back to base one. I attended review classes and read more than I usually did during my university days. To my surprise, with my willingness and dedication, things came to me in a much lighter way. I began to appreciate and love accounting concepts. I acknowledge that during that time, I used my skills in the English language, writing, and teaching as my main instruments in studying. They effectively worked.
Eventually, I passed the board examinations. To this day, I have worked as an auditor, a government accountant, and an accounting instructor.
Until now, I still have the fear of practicing accounting, but I have already realized that I can deal with this profession with the right amount of commitment, passion, and determination.
Let me leave the following notes to those who think they are lost in their journey. “Sometimes, the path may seem uncertain and strange, but our passion should be our beacon. We go astray along the way, and these are all normal courses in a maze. Still, we should take some time, and analyze what keeps us off our bases. Only then can we find answers to our questions and reasons for our miseries. Life has all its reasons for all the challenges it fires at us.”