I think I've talked ad nauseam about passion and purpose on this blog or maybe that's been in real life. Sometimes the lines get a little blurry. . .
I was watching a Periscope the other day and the Scoper mentioned the idea that maybe you're not actually following your passion or your purpose but you think you are. . .whoa! That really struck a chord with me because several times in my life I thought I was following my passion or fulfilling a purpose and it turns out I was just sharpening my ax, so to speak, to be ready for the REAL THING when it came along.
I think we often feel because we're good at something that means it's automatically what we were placed on this Earth to do. I disagree. You can be good at something and not like it; you might actually dread it. But you stick with it because it pays well or you're getting some type of notoriety that gives you a false sense of accomplishment,
When you are truly, truly passionate about something, you think about it ALL. THE. TIME. You can't escape it. It keeps you up at night. You are constantly thinking of how to make it happen or make it better. You get up early to work on it and go to sleep late working on it. It consumes you yet it makes you happy and you get a great sense of fulfillment. It drains you emotionally, mentally and sometimes financially but you go to bed at night (when you do sleep) with a smile on your face.
Writing does that for me. It has ALWAYS done that for me but because I was too afraid to share my work and because I thought there was no way I could make money as a writer- it just became this thing that I did as a hobby but I didn't take it seriously.
But once I decided to invest in myself, believe in myself and trust my instincts I was able to truly follow my passion: writing and live out my purpose: to inspire & entertain others with my words.
Writer. Reader. Designer. Creative Spirit.
“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”