Determining one’s passion is one of the most debated topics in life. Some people choose careers that coincide with their passions. Others choose a career that affords them the time/money to partake in their passions. Still others go through life passionless with careers they do not care for.
Right now, I am career-less. I do not lack passion however. I often feel that I have had too many passions in my life…or aspirations to have multiple passions. I have meddled in many facets of the arts: theater, photography, visual arts like painting and drawing. And I write. Theater drifted away once I began college, which is sort of a shame as I was rather good on stage. My photography has been minimized over the years as I’ve never been happy with the results. I received some training in the visual arts in school, and these have always been present in my life, pulling me in one direction. And writing has always pulled me in another. I suppose college is where you determine your path and then fulfill it accordingly. But it didn’t work that way for me. So I’m here, in Alaska, still pondering which passion I should nurture.
Art or writing. At this point, I do feel certain I must choose. My lifetime has already been divided by my efforts to produce art or literature and because of that, I haven’t produced either (not well, at least). So I asked my three confidantes: my husband, my sister, and my mom. Sometimes I think they know me better than myself (as I often get in my own way). They all gave me the same answer. I should focus on my writing.
It is hard to put aside a part of myself I always had hope for. Sacrificing one passion for another feels like a defeat, that I failed in making all my aspirations work. But, it’s okay. Apparently I write well, so that’s what I’ve decided to work on.
Do you have multiple passions that you juggle or have you clearly always had one? Is your career relevant to your passion or does it afford you the means to enjoy it? I’m extremely interested to find out.
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