Why You Should Follow Your Passion – My Art Journey
We all have that thing that we love. You know that one thing that really gives you bliss? You need to follow that and incorporate it into your life somehow.
Some of us love art, others love the outdoors. Some of us love solving problems, and inventing new and interesting gadgets. Whatever it is that you love, do that.
You will be happy, I promise
It’s not always the right choice to simply pick up, leave your job, and make a huge career change. But I am saying that if you can incorporate your passion into what you do everyday, you will be far more happy with your life.
And! More power to you if you can make your passion your career! You know that saying that says something like, “If you do what you love, you won’t work a day in your life.” ??
It may sound cheesy or impossible, but it’s true. With one exception!
If you’re really passionate about something, and want to do it full time… it’s going to take a lot of work! But the great thing about that is, is that the work is enjoyable!
My passion for art
Just recently I began working towards a life where I could practice my passion everyday. Towards the end of my college days, I decided to pursue art again. I gave up on art for a few years because I was convinced I could never make a living from it.
I decided to enjoy my life, and make art again. Just for fun. What started out as “just fun” turned into my full blown career goal!
I’ve been artistic my whole life. I seriously considered going to an art college, and ended up giving up on the idea. Towards the end of college, the only thing that really made me happy was making art.
My loved ones could see that, and actually started encouraging me to pursue it.
So I did.
I’m proof that it’s possible
Here I am today, calling myself a painter and a blogger. I can say that in 100% truth, I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. Ever in my life.
It’s probably a combination of the lovely family and friends I surround myself with, and my career choice. Nonetheless, I’m happy and I’m going to give this everything I’ve got.
I’m so incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such amazingly encouraging family and friends. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.
So there’s my shortened version of “following your passion” success. I may not be making all the money in the world, or buying fancy cars, but I love waking up every single morning to do what I do best.
You see, I have two passions. I have a passion for creating, and I have a passion for helping people. My Bachelors degree is in Psychology (helping people), and art (creating). It’s absolutely perfect isn’t it? And you know how I got there?
I just followed my heart, and I trusted that I would end up somewhere I wanted to be.
I will warn you that it’s pretty scary. You won’t be sure where you’ll end up, and life may become a little uncertain. At least in my case, my life is very uncertain, but I’m exactly where I want to be. What I do know for certain is that I’m happy, and I will do whatever it takes to make this dream of mine come true.
Sounds pretty fucking great right?
It is, and I encourage you to do the same.
How to find your passion
Not sure how to get started? Follow these steps.
- Write down all your natural abilities in a list.
- Then, write all of your interests on another list.
- Circle the common interests, and make a new list.
- Write down what you want to accomplish in your life.
- Write down what you want to be remembered for.
Without worry, self doubt, and money constraints… How do you imagine your best self? What do you dream to do? How do you want to look? What do you want to be doing every day? How do you want to be remembered?
Do you imagine yourself with lots of money? Do you imagine yourself in a career that you’ve never thought possible? Think career, hobbies, lifestyle, family, friends, children, and pets.
How do you imagine your best ideal self in ten years? How would you get there? Make the necessary steps to obtain your goal. Start doing that.
Forget what everyone else expects of you
If you’re thinking of all the obstacles in your way, know that you will run into a lot of obstacles throughout your journey. You will. Everyone does. Don’t let that deter you from your dreams. Remember how happy you can be if you push yourself to do what you love? Focus on that, and do a little bit of that every day.
Also remember it’s not a race. Not one bit. I know it feels like it sometimes, but what’s important is that you do it. What’s not important is how fast you do it, how much money you make doing it, or other people’s opinions.
The more you love what you do, the less you will need others to approve. Because it’s not about them, right? It’s about you.
And if it’s about you and how you feel, their opinions shouldn’t matter. You don’t need to prove to anyone that you can do it. You need to do it for you, because it makes you happy, dammit.