We are often told things like follow your passion. If you follow your passion into a job you will work in a field you absolutely love. For a long time, I believed this way of thinking. The words tortured me.
I loved writing. It has been something I’ve enjoyed since I was really young, but there had come a point when it felt less like horsing around and more like a real job. It quit being something I was as passionate about and one where I showed up at my desk with a grudge. I didn’t want to do the work.
Did I lose my passion for writing? Had I outgrown something I’d cultivated since I was a young thing? If I wasn’t passionate about it any longer, did that mean it was time to move on to another job?
These thoughts plagued me time and time again. If I no longer ‘loved and was passionate’ about my writing then I was clearly in the wrong profession. Years upon years this went on for me. It gave me excuses not to actually work.
In hindsight, I realized that it was actually a matter of me waiting around for inspiration. At the moment, though, I thought was the reasoning why I felt so blocked all the time. When I did finally start to realize all the things I was doing wrong it became easy to work my way out of it.
Passion isn’t what you want to follow. Passion is a mood, a feeling, feelings change so it isn’t something you can count on in the long run. It comes down to the point that we need to figure out our skills, things we can do to help the world around us or serve a greater purpose.
Now that can be confusing, but let me explain. The things you choose to do doesn’t have to be life-changing for the world or finding the cure for some disease. While if that is what you long to do, then go ahead and do it, but for some of us our want is to leave the world a better place then we found it, or bring joy to the world around us. And that is okay too.
As you put in the work and grind every day to reach those goals and such you will find that passion, inspiration and the like will find you. You’ll become excited about the changes you are making in the world and the difference in people that you see, but first, you’ve got to show up and do the work.
Somehow I believed it was the other way around and I was wrong. By thinking backward like that I messed up my head, my career, and everything. It set me back years of work. However, now that I have figured that out, I know what my goals are, my plans and I’ve taken action to put them in place.
I’m also currently in the process of how to bring some new things to the blog to show bring my writing career to the forefront as well as my journey blogs. I’d love to show all of you, my readers the various sides of me.
So, until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.