The journey begins...
Keep in mind as you read, this is coming from real-life challenges, observations, and experiences. I am not writing from a Mr. Know-It-All standpoint. This is not that kind of blog. I plan to inspire through real obstacles, emotions, relatable situations while rooting for the underdog. And by rooting for everyone pursuing a dream with heArt, I mean there’s real shit that happens in getting there.
In a career, “Loving what you do is extremely valuable. If you’re not progressing and moving forward within it, you’re doing yourself a disservice,” says Justin Timberlake on Oprah’s Master Class. His passion is dance, music, and performing until his feet ache and body hurts, but he loves it.
“Trying new things makes more sense than a career doing the same thing over and over again.” JT believes in not being complacent.
I was on my way to becoming a hygienist, going through school, taking all the classes, working in a dental office, but years later I still felt like something was missing and wanted to do more in a career. I felt exactly what JT felt, that he did not want to be complacent. I am definitely not hating the fact that the medical and dental fields would be financially/successfully great, but it wasn’t for me. I could still feel the disapproved look of one of my closest friends, she was not happy that I kept changing my vision on careers. But to me, a career had to be something that I was at least passionate about doing. I think one of the biggest fears would be to wake up many years later miserable in a 9-5 that I hated or dragged my feet to get out of bed to go to this job that did not challenge me. I needed to take a step back and really figure out what I was passionate about, so I didn’t waste away more years of my life or regret all the things I wish I pursued.
Sometimes it takes us longer to figure out our passions in life. I blame that on the pressures of everything around us. Is that selfish that I didn’t want to do a 9-5 career doing the same thing “over and over”? I don’t think it is, because I don’t want to feel like I’m doing myself a disservice. I don’t want to regret it. I have heard and read different viewpoints on pursuing a passion. Some say that you should never do it because you will end up feeling burnt out, hating that passion. One article said, following your passion means you will be broke, miserable, and/or lonely. Another said it’s all fantasy, come back to reality! Can passion and career be in one? What do you believe?
I understand that sometimes following your passion for a career can be confusing and discerning. I still go through it daily because you have to work hard at your passion s and go through the challenges to pursue your dreams. One of the articles I read is something closer to how I feel.
“Do what you love and enjoyment will follow. Do what you love and you will feel more fulfilled. Do what you love and the money will seem less relevant.” I am NOT saying money is not important because we need money to survive, but I want to do something I love and/or passionate about that impacts others in positive ways, rather than focus JUST on making tons of money. Can you do and have both? Yes, if you believe in yourself and work hard at it, you can.
I remember reading a piece that said to think about your 8-year-old self. What were your favorite things to do? What was your favorite toy? Sometimes finding your passion means being a kid again and saying yes to trying new things to figure it out. Sometimes what you are passionate about and love to do has always been with you, but you have not fully discovered it. This all goes back to, we each have a gift from God, it’s just a matter of finding it.
What about your 80-year-old self? What would that person have? Is it the retired millionaire dream or is it just to be surrounded by a loving family? Maybe it’s both. Maybe it’s being in a career your passionate about, having a supportive and loving family, and maybe money to you means as long as you are comfortable.
I’m not saying I have all of the answers because I don’t. But I do feel like I have the right questions to help us both figure out more about finding our passions. Such as, what energizes you? What do you feel you are good at and find rewarding? If you had a whole day to do whatever you wanted, anywhere in the world, what would your day look like? Now, what are the things we can learn or work on to get there? It’s not too late to change what you’re doing and change your life.
The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized never knowing. -Jim Rohn