How many times have you heard or read about people following their passions?  Or articles and books claiming they can teach you how to turn your passion into a career?  It seems like the thing the do is follow your passion and make it your life.  If you spend majority of your day doing what you’re passionate about, you have truly found happiness in life.

I’m here to tell you that is wrong.

Your passion doesn't have to be all day everyday for it to count or be considered your passion.

Hear me out.  I promise I’m not going to crush anyone’s dreams.

I’m telling you, your passion does not have to be your career.  If you don’t spend all day every day making money doing what you’re passionate about, you are not a failure.  You do not have to follow your passion all the way down the yellow brick road. Getting lost in your passion only daily, weekly, or monthly does not mean it is not your passion.  It can simply be a place you visit, not somewhere you live.

Let me explain how I came to this opinion.  Dancing is one of my biggest passions.  I spent 6-7 days a week in high school at my dance studio.  When I went to college I majored in dance and spent hours on end at the studio training.  Nothing can make me the feel the same way as I do when I’m dancing.  There really is nothing like it.  It makes me feel alive.  It makes me feel like I’m in a whole other world.  It truly is my passion.

I always believed people should pursue their passions.  Follow your heart!  You can achieve your dreams!  I believed and still believe those things.  I felt like since dancing is my passion I should pursue it as far as the road goes.  That’s what you’re supposed to do with your passions, right?  If my career was dancing, there’s no way I could be unhappy.

The truth is, that’s not correct.

It came time for me to graduate college and I figured my next options with dance would be to join a professional company or own a dance studio.  But when it really came down to it, I didn’t want to do either.  I didn’t know what to do.  It made me feel like I didn’t truly love dance if I didn’t want to pursue the next step.  I worked so hard to get my degree and be a great dancer, am I a failure if I don’t make it a career?

The fact is, your passion is still your passion regardless of how far you take it.

You can never be a failure at your passion.  As long as you have one and it makes you happy, you are doing just fine.  Don’t ever feel as though you need to reach a certain level for your passion to be legitimate.  It has taken me a long time to come to that realization.  I’ve finally found my happy place with my passion and I hope this helps you find yours.

Do you think your should make your passion a career?

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  • Kristen

    Great post! I completely agree that we shouldn’t feel like a failure if we aren’t living our passion every second of the day. Sometimes, it feels like we’re expected to live and breath our passions 24/7, but sometimes, that’s just not realistic and not what’s best for us. 🙂

    • SomethingWinnderful

      I’m glad you agree! I was a bit worried about this one. You’re right, sometimes not living and breathing our passions aren’t best for us. I’m glad I finally realized that.

  • Beautifully said, Katie! Thank you for this post. I am really beginning to think you and I share the same brain 🙂 I always feel that I need to follow my passion. When I think about my passion, I also realize that I likely won’t be making much money doing it (and let’s be honest, we all need money to pay bills) and if I did follow my passion, I don’t know if I would enjoy it anymore. I think it is important to still make time for it but if you cannot pursue it as a career, that doesn’t make you failure.

  • The phrase, “follow your passion” sets up so many people for disappointment and frustration. I was so lost after graduating college because I felt very pressured into trying to make art my career (my passion is painting) but I didn’t really want to show my work in galleries or make commissioned pieces. However, I still believe that it’s important to find work that is enjoyable. I’m not passionate about web design, but I do enjoy it and I know that I’ll enjoy spending 40+ hours a week working in that industry when I finish my AAS. The older I get, the more I realize that your job is just your job. It might be great, but it doesn’t have to fulfill every part of your life.

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  • Jessa

    I couldn’t agree more. I love knitting and crocheting, butI wouldn’t want it to be a passion or my dreams. I love it and don’t want to be something that I will regret or hate to do. I

  • I so totally agree, and I love you for saying this. It is very much the rage these days to talk about following our passion and making a living from it in the same breath, and that isn’t always what we want in the end. I know for me, I have many passions, but I want a kind of life that doesn’t necessarily rely on them to pay my bills. I’ve done that, it’s hard and I choose something else now. Plus, our passions change, and it’s great if that doesn’t have to have the sweeping influence that comes from making your passion your career. Kudos for seeing this waaaaaay earlier than me and for sharing about it. 🙂

    • SomethingWinnderful

      I’m glad you can agree with me on this! It’s such a hard lesson for a person to really come to terms with. I believe that people should love their careers and be fulfilled, but realizing in order to achieve that you don’t have to follow your passion is tough. I grew up knowing I never wanted to work a job I hated and assumed following my passion would prevent that from ever happening, but I’m surprised and glad I learned otherwise. I’m glad you discovered where you need to be, even if it took sometime. For some people, having their passion as their career is perfect for them, but for others a steady career is what frees them to pursue their passions. Everyone is different and I’m happy to come to terms with what that means for me.

  • Yes thank you!!! I needed to hear this right now. The timing of how I came across this article is perfect 🙂
    Blessings,
    Jacy

    • SomethingWinnderful

      I’m glad this came to you at the right time! For so long I felt like I was the only one dealing with this, it’s been so wonderful to find other people who can relate.