Today I read two interesting articles on following passions (see links below). Both were related to the fact that the promotion of the idea of following your passion is misleading. I think the idea of following you passion is only misleading when a person is unrealistic about what to do with that passion. I don’t think it’s responsible to wake up one morning, define your passion, and then turn in your two-week notice to your employer. IF your desire to follow your passion includes doing it full-time, then you must have a PLAN that will solidify doing it 100% of the time. There has to be a buy-in, an attraction for people to invest in that passion and create a substantial lifestyle for the person with the passion.
For me, that time has not presented itself, so I still wake up every morning, put on my office attire and head to my nine to five. However, that doesn’t limit me from following my dreams. On my breaks or once I take off that nine to five hat, I put on my writer’s hat and follow my passion.
I agree with the articles that without speaking on the realities of following your passions, one may mistakenly make a not-so-well thought out decision on following their passion, but in general, without following your passion, your happiness is that much further into the distance. Following your passion isn’t a misleading idea, but hasty choices can be the mistake.
I will never stop promoting the idea that following your passion is a healthy and meaningful way to living life, but I will agree that researching, planning, and executing is important in any purpose of following it.
Continue with your day, Passionistas and LIVE PASSIONATELY OUT LOUD!