Finding what you’re passionate about can be a difficult journey. We’re told as a society that we have to know what we want to do with the rest of our lives by the time we turn 18 years old. We are expected to know what our career goals are going to be and just like that we are sent out into the world to learn the one set skill we chose as a snot nosed teenager. I don’t know who thought this method was a good idea but they’re severely mistaken. Also, stupid.
Now I have known what I wanted to do even before I knew what exactly it was. Performing and storytelling came naturally to me even as a kid, but it wasn’t until I was older I realized I could do this for a living. It took me a long time to justify the fact that I’m lucky and definitely an exception because most of the other people I know my age don’t have any idea what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Which is totally okay.
Since I’ve known what I’ve wanted to do for years, I have been preparing for it since then. I mean for the most part, but I’m also human. There was definitely other things I could’ve done that I was too scared or lazy to do. However, I have resolved not to be that way anymore. Starting with quitting my job!
Now before you go and freak out, just know that I have money saved up and am currently looking for another job that has more flexible hours. I realized that while I may have my bills covered with plenty of fun money left over, I wasn’t happy. My life hadn’t become what I wanted it to be, so I changed it. I thought long and hard and realized that this was the best option. This would give me more time to pursue my true career goals, and have time to also get my life back.
This had made me feel more in control of my life, but also so much more stress. There is so much riding on this and I am terrified that I might fail. Seriously, we’re talking stress dream/night terrors over here. I’ve freaked out my roommate on more than one occasion… But I have been slowly getting over my fears, and trying not to get in my own way anymore. I am putting myself out there and while it’s scary, I think it’s best for my life and career. I’ve gotta be the cliche starving artist sooner or later, don’t I? Have you got anything holding you back from your passions? Are you living the dream? I’d love to hear what others are up to to achieve their dreams!