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.
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?