My main objective in writing this blog is to connect to several different kinds of people that share on thing in common: a passion. Now, not everyone has to have the same passion. All that you need to get something worthwhile out of this blog is a relentless thirst to do what truly calls to you.
For those who think it’s too late:
When you had the opportunity, when the world was yours to take and your dreams just in reach, you let it go. You were told to take sides with practicality; get a stable job that could support you. You were told your aspirations were too far-fetched, or that it was too competitive for you to make it. So now, with a life of your own led by decisions you make, you’re unhappy. Maybe not with life in general, but with the place you go to work to every day. This time around, listen to yourself. If you’re financially stable and you want to make a change, there are ways to take steps backwards. Dive into the world you gave up so long ago. Find out everything there is to know, make connections and calls, and start putting yourself back out there. More likely than not, you have all the more resources than you did when you first gave up. As an adult, you have to realize that no one is allowed to make the decisions for you anymore. If you believe that shifting your life to reflect your passion can make you happier, then what prevents you from doing so? Life is short, so live happy. It is never too late.
For those who are discouraged or unsure in a place of choice:
If you are a high school or college student looking to pursue a major or career path that daunts you, and others are discouraging you, you’ve come to the right place. I’m currently a junior in high school with a passion for writing and film. Put the two together, and you get the “starving artist” major: screenwriting. If I had a nickel for every time someone made a queasy reaction to my saying this, then the “starving artist” stigma would be blown out of the water. My advice to those who “get me” is to give it everything you’ve got. Prepare yourself in every way possible. Job shadow, intern, work, create, study, experience, network, travel, question, and then some. If you can do that, there’s a surefire chance that you’ll fall into the path of least resistance in getting to study or train in the field you love.
There is often struggle to success.
Stephen King is a household name. Stephen King is a ‘New York Times’- bestselling novelist. Stephen King has sold over 350 million copies of his books.
Stephen King was once a middle-schooler tacking up rejection letters on his bedroom wall. If you are either of the above mentioned, remember that there is struggle to success. Even when you give it everything you have, there’s always a chance you’ll get shot down. However, with time and tenacity, your passion will indeed be achievable. Look at Stephen King; he wanted to be a novelist. This was anything but practical, especially for the genres of horror and fantasy. Regardless, he worked, and failed, and worked, and failed, and worked some more until he succeeded. It is only with active persistence that you can achieve your most illustrious dreams and goals. If your passion seems out of reach because the failure outweighs the success, the only thing to do is carry on (or, March Forward!).
An excerpt from Brenda’s book, The Project of You: Beyond High School, describes this blog’s message perfectly. Take a look at pages 188 and 189.
“WHAT IS PASSION? Passion is defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing some specific activity. I believe my passions are the things that will make me feel sheer joy.
Your passion(s) may be the most important part of you. How you live out your passion is as unique as your DNA. And whatever your passion is, it ignites those around you and your larger community in a positive way. Imagine a pile of leaves, twigs, and logs without a flame; there would never be a fire. We are all fire starters once we have found our match. We are all meaning making machines!”
Get passionate. Crash into everything that you love full force, and see what happens. If you approach your passion that way, those who surround you will absorb your excitement and radiate it back to you in the form of support that could end up being emotional, social, or even financial. Start your fire today. What do you have to lose?