Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
Growing up, I was told by my parents to grow a life based on sustainable incomes, a reliable career, save money, and plan ahead. In school, and from pretty much everyone else, I was told to follow my passion. Live my dream.
I didn’t know what my passion was. I knew what I was talented at and was proud of my work, but I decided I could never support myself on my art.
I fully support and admire those who follow their passions – what is more fun than Art School?! The world would be a terribly boring place without art and music and drama.
But for the rest of us who can’t paint all day or write for weeks on end to create that book, please don’t criticize us. Even if we are good at art or writing or sports, don’t you think it was a hard decision not to be the un-motivated person in Art School? I made the decision to pass by the fun times I knew weren’t right for me and instead took the smart route. I have no regrets, and I don’t mind answering the prying questions, but I hate explaining why I decided to work instead of enjoy my time doing something that makes me feel good – or so I could hope.
Anyway, what I guess I’m trying to say is please don’t criticize me for taking a different path. I’m jealous that you know what you want to do, but please just accept that I’ve taken a different path. And that that’s okay.