- 4 years ago
- Wedding: December 2016
I have been giving some serious thought, lately, as to what I want to do with my life after I get married in December.
I turned 29 last week and have been working in legal offices since I was 18, doing secretarial work. While it’s a fairly cushy job, and I get paid fairly for what I do, I can’t say I am passionate about it, and the thought of staying in this job until I retire fills me with horror (I have a few colleagues who have been doing this job for nearly 20 years…).
My sister asked me – no, rather, TOLD me – what my passion was. And the simple answer to that, is – food. More specifically, patisserie.
I love to cook and bake, but I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed it until about 4 years ago. I never really had any direction, and didn’t learn to cook properly until I moved out of home at 19. It wasn’t until I started getting more creative in the kitchen that I learned to really love it. Now all I do is daydream about what I’m going to eat later, or what I plan to bake on the weekend. I am utterly obsessed with French patisserie, and have so much admiration for the chefs who create such beautiful, edible works of art. When I went to Paris a couple of years ago, I was in culinary heaven with my face glued to the windows of patisseries and boulangeries most of the time.
The time has come now that I think I want to take my passion to the next level. My fiance has said he will support me if that’s what I decide I want to do, but it isn’t going to come cheap. The patisserie school nearest me is an hour’s flight away. I would have quit my job and move cities, by myself, for the better part of either 3 months (to do the basic patisserie course) or 9 months (to get the Diplome de Patisserie). The 3-month course is $12,000.00; the 9-month course I guess is around $36,000.00.
The financial side of things isn’t too much of a problem; we would probably just have to save up for it after the wedding is over (AKA January 2017, when we get back from the UK, where we’re getting married). It’s more the fact that I’m going to be 30 next year, and I wanted to start trying for a baby when I’m 31 or 32. If I’m going to go back to studying full-time, that begs the question of when to start trying for a family. On top of all of that, we are planning to buy a house in the near future, and while my fiance earns good money, it will still be difficult on one wage.
My point to all this, I guess, is that I wish I had realised my passion for baking sooner – I wouldn’t be so worried about all of this, particularly the impending motherhood part, if I was younger and had gotten the education sooner! I haven’t been a full-time student since I was 17 – it’s hard to wrap my head around doing it again and not earning.
Has anybody here done a radical career-change and gone back to full-time study either in their late 20s or early 30s? Would love to hear your stories, and thoughts about what you think I should do!