Oh, I fully admit to not living up my potential. I got to college, had the self awareness that I didn’t have the self discipline needed for med school (in retrospect I probably should have signed up for the Navy and gotten my MD that way, but that’s a wholly unrelated conversation). I floundered for a couple years before discovering EMS and now wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had as an emergency responder for the world. I’m there in a person’s most desperate moments to offer comfort and medical care. As my first comment on the post said, it’s incredibly spiritually fulfilling. Sure, I’m not exactly exercising the fullest potential of my intellect in my career, but I can assure you that I haven’t allowed that to atrophy at all either. Even long after my last college course I still continually take steps to increase my knowledge and understanding of the universe rather than believing knowledge is useless.