In today’s world, people are able to pursue passions of all types. And today’s world makes it even easier to pursue most passions. But how do you pursue your passions? Its simple, but it’s also terrifyingly hard.
The first step to pursuing your passion is discovering your passion. You have to have something in order to pursue it. When I thought of passions, I would always think of my hobbies. And let me tell you something, hobbies are way different than passions.
Hobbies are things that you enjoy doing in your free time. They can range from painting to singing or even to acting. Think of all your hobbies, now how many of these are you willing to one, dedicated an hour a day on and two, invest financially into.
When I say invest financially, I’m not talking about buying canvases and paint. I’m talking about finding lessons and investing in resources that can help you better yourself. For me, this was writing. It might take you a few tries to find your passion, but once you have it you’ll know what it is. Praying to find your passion can also provide comfort.
Okay, now that you’ve identified your passion, you need to chase it. You need to find what you’re good at and what you’re bad at. Spend lots of time and evaluate yourself. If your planning on pursuing it as a career, you should almost treat it as a part time job. You are your boss, and as your boss you need to figure out what your employee needs and what they provide to your team.
Unfortunately, we must now look at the downside of pursuing your passion. You’ve managed to chase it, you just barely have a hold of it so now you must face it. Not everyone is going to support, like or love your passion. You’re going to have people who say you can’t do it and sometimes, you’ll be that person.
Let’s take art for an example. You don’t have to wait until college to get better at your passion. If you practice your art at least an hour everyday, you’re going to continue to build and get better. You’ll be WAY ahead of the game by the time you get to college. But everyday for a whole hour?
That’s going to seem like a lot at first, but if you continue and make it a routine that hour will go by in no time. There will be times when this might take time away from your phone or peers so people might get upset. They might even get jealous that you’re getting better at this passion, but don’t let that stop you.
I’ve learned the more people that put you down, the easier it is for you to doubt yourself. Self doubt will be a common visitor in the beginning. But it’s only a visitor, not a permanent resident. When self doubt comes to visit you, don’t break your routine. When you work on your passion on the days you don’t want to, that’s how you know it’s a passion.
Once you’ve faced your passion, you need to tackle it. You need to continue to grow. Find opportunities to showcase your passions. Maybe even find competitions, scholarships or way to volunteer your talents and passion.
Pursuing your passion isn’t easy, but it is worth it. Don’t go into it with this unreal mindset thinking it’ll be fun 24/7 and that if you don’t feel like doing it everyday then it’s not a passion. I believe in you, and so do so many others. Don’t let the handful of people who put you down stop you! You are unique, and God made you to pursue your passion.