Career Choice and Envied Luck
In the past few days, my bestie Miss Blue and I have been engaged in a lively discussion about the recent buzzword “the rocket pack that allows pigs to fly,” which reminded us the importance of career choices in one’s life and the “rocket packs” we’ve seen in China over the past few decades.
For the post- 60s generation ( those born between 1960 and 1969 in Mainland China), there have been many such “rocket packs” as going into business and being your own boss in the 1990s. For example, one of my cousins was a worker in a machine factory in our town. Back in the late 1980s, everyone thought that punching a time card at the factory every day was the best and most stable way to earn a living. Yet ignoring objections from his family members, he quitted job, started a brick mill and gradually became somebody, and later even bought out the machine factory which he worked for before. Now he’s a local celebrity in my hometown.
For the post- 70s generation, engaging in the real estate business was their “rocket pack.” In the 1990s, three red-hot majors as foreign languages, computers and civil engineering are more favored in my college time. Time proves all things as many of those who majored in foreign languages in college are now mediocrities. They fought tooth and nail to go abroad but now sincerely regret that they missed out on China’s 20- year period of lightning-