5 Reasons To Follow Your Passion And Do What You Love

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. As I get older and learn more about myself, my interests, and what I enjoy, I’ve come to realise how important it is to spend more time doing what I love.

Life’s too short. I’ve always been that person that says one day I’m going to get into fitness, or one day I’m going to learn how to cook, or learn calligraphy. Emphasis on the one day. Life is far too short to wait for “one day”. If I really want to do these things I need to find the time and do them sooner rather than later. This becomes even more important when it comes to work/career goals. On average, we spend a third of our lives at work so we should definitely not waste it on something we don’t enjoy. So many people dread the working week and “live for the weekend.” Or are counting down the days until their next week of annual leave. This is an area of my life I really want to work on. Life is far too short to be clock watching!

You can design and construct your own life on your own terms. One of the most important things I’ve learnt about myself is how highly I value freedom. Above all else, freedom and spontaneity are most important to me. I hate the idea of feeling restricted and not being able to live my life on my terms. This is why I feel the 9-5 routine is not for everyone. Some people are early risers and some people are night owls. Some days we feel creative, some days we feel like working on more structured tasks, and some days we just want a duvet day! I’m lucky that my job is fairly flexible but I love the idea of having total control over my work schedule. I would love to be able to work the hours I want at a time that suits me. Or design my life so that I’m working more/less during certain periods depending on what’s going on in my life.

It won’t feel like work. I feel that if you follow your passion and genuinely love what you do, it won’t feel like work. Work/life balance is incredibly important for our general wellbeing and happiness so ensuring we spend our time doing something we care about is crucial. I love those moments when we’re completely in the zone and are totally immersed in what we’re working on. Time seems to fly by, and at the end of it we feel so accomplished and satisfied. I’ve definitely found these moments occur a lot more when I’m working on something I enjoy and am passionate about. Definitely want to create more of these moments.

You shouldn’t feel afraid to change direction. This feels especially pertinent to me right now. So I’ve spent all of my working life, and even school/uni life to some extent, working towards a certain career path but I’ve recently started to feel that this is not for me anymore. I’ve invested so much of my time/energy/life working towards this goal that it feels very scary to now turn my back on it and change course. But, we should not be afraid to make changes. Of course we are all going to grow and change over time so we should not be afraid to make course corrections along the way. Our passions, interests, goals and dreams change as we do so we shouldn't feel stuck with what we started with. As we grow, learn and develop as individuals so do our interests and passions. I feel that I have changed so much, even just in the past year, so of course my dreams and goals are going to change over decades.

It’s not all about the money. Another point I think is important to consider when thinking about pursuing our passions is to remember that money isn’t everything. Sometimes we work in a certain field, or follow a certain path because of the money and financial security it brings. Sometimes we are afraid to change direction because we’ve worked our way up to a certain level, and would have to start again from the bottom if we were to change course. But we shouldn't be fixated on money, it’s really not that important. I’ve certainly found that when I’m happier and less stressed, I tend to spend less. I don’t feel the need to buy things to make myself feel better. I can think back to a time when I was earning less and was just as happy as I am now. As we earn more, we just get used to it and let the lifestyle creep in. Loving what we do is far more important than how much money we earn. As I get older, following my passion and doing what I love is becoming more and more important. The need for that Chanel 2.55 bag I had always wanted is becoming increasingly less important.

How do you feel about following your passions and doing what you love. What would you spend more of your time doing if there were no obstacles in your way?

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