In the life of every person comes a time when you need to take care of the future, decide what you will be doing. The choice of profession is the most important decision that must be taken at adolescence.
I’m on the verge of an adult life, and in front of me, as well as before all young men and girls, this problem is. Many of my peers, unfortunately, it is difficult to make the right decision. Not always dreams coincide with reality. Lack of life experience, insufficient knowledge of the characteristics of each type of activity lead to sad consequences. Choosing a specialty that does not meet their interests, inclinations, leads to disappointment, hopelessness.
Of course, parents want to see us happy. And who is such a happy person? First of all, one that is surrounded by close and understanding people. I think: this is the main thing. But it will not be easy in life without a favorite thing. If you go to work with joy in the morning, and in the evening you return to your own family with a sense of accomplishment, content and cheerful – this is real happiness.
When I was little, I liked various fairy tales, there were stories. But with special interest I listened to the stories of my grandfather about the hard work of the archaeologist. His stories about amazing excavations, about courageous and brave people carried away and bewitched. Listening to my grandfather, I imagined an elderly man, wearing glasses, with a beard and a weather-beaten face. This is what I drew in my imagination of an archaeologist. It seemed to me that these were extraordinary people, opening whole worlds to mankind. I wanted to be like them.
Children at a certain age are drawn to everything unusual, fabulous. It was through this sensation that interest in ancient times, civilizations, and countries awoke in me. They began to attract historical films, fiction. I was reading out the works of the authors who described the distant past. First I got acquainted with the myths of Ancient Rus, Greece, Rome, then I read entertaining articles of magazines about excavations of ancient cities, about the work of archaeologists not only on the ground, but also under water. Historical encyclopedias fascinated me more and more.
Any profession requires knowledge, broad erudition. For an archeologist, such sciences as geography, physics, chemistry are also important. These subjects are not as interesting to me as history, but they need to be studied in order to achieve their life goal.
Many of my friends believe that archeology is a rather boring science, requiring laborious, exhausting work. But I think that this is an important, honorable profession. Yes, one must possess persistent qualities of character, be optimistic and believe in miracles. Archaeologists have to work under the scorching sun and torrential rain, picking up thousands of tons of land... for a small find. How hardy and workable these people should be! How hard it is to get to the truth, hidden under a thick layer of dust and sand! Not everyone can constantly dig into bones and turtles. Only courageous, brave and persevering is available to everyone. It is these people I value and consider my ideal.
Curiously, archeology, the science of antiquity, itself originated in ancient times. And then the scientists wanted to know the life and culture of their ancestors. Only thanks to the excavations and the study of the material found, the period of history preceding the writing became known. And the written sources themselves were discovered for science by archaeologists, for example, Egyptian hieroglyphs, linear Greek letters, Babylonian cuneiform. Also interesting are the found tools of production and material wealth created with their help: the ruins of cities, weapons, ornaments, dishes, and clothing. They learn what people lived in ancient times, what houses they built, what they wore, and much more.
In various layers of the earth, the remains of animals, birds, fish and even insects have been preserved. How would we know that once lived dinosaurs and mammoths. Archaeological research provides us with valuable information.
Often, active excavations are carried out in certain places conventionally called historical monuments. But before you find such a point, you need to study literature: historical sources, works on geography, zoology, as well as fairy tales, legends associated with this area. Further, the field stage of work, that is, exploration and search. I want to believe that I’ll do it someday. Sometimes I imagine how I will open something unexplored, I will process the collected material, publish it, and people will learn from these data interesting facts of history.
I hope that my future profession will bring me joy, and benefit humanity. After all, the essence of archeology is its humanism. It helps us to realize our place in this world, the responsibility for the present and the future. It is true folk wisdom: “Without knowing the past – you will not build the future.” Life, undoubtedly, goes forward, science and technology, culture and social relations develop, new steps are taken in the study of nature. But universal values are unchanged. In the mirror of the past, we see ourselves with our joys and troubles, unrest and emotions, learn to appreciate the work of others, to protect each other. Dmitry Sergeevich Likhachev noted: “The whole history of the development of human culture is the history of not only the constant creation of new ones, but also the discovery of old cultural values.” These words of the famous academician, who dedicated his life to the study of ancient Russian literature, also aim us at the need to study and respect the past. That’s why I want to become an archaeologist and hope that my dream will come true.