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Why It's Okay Not To Pursue Your Passion As A Full-Time Career

What pays the bills may be different from what fuels the soul, and that's okay.
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We’ve all heard of the famous adage, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” It may be applicable for some, but for others, it isn’t always the case. Don’t feel bad if your current course is something that isn’t related to your passions in life. You can still make a career out of it that’s meaningful for you. Hear us out, here are some reasons why it’s okay not to make a career out of your passions in life.

Not everyone has the means to.

The thing is, it usually takes the right mix of training, connections, and talent to earn substantially from creative careers. There's also a need for a proper portfolio, and not everyone can create an impressive one in a short time. Many opt for higher-paying jobs first because their passions alone cannot sustain them financially. Or maybe there just aren’t enough job opportunities at the moment for the the thing they love doing. You may choose to slowly build your career around your interests and take it step by step, but it’s also okay if your current full-time employment isn’t your main passion.

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It's fine to have your passion separate from your job.

Some people actively choose a job that’s not at all related to their hobbies. For them, they refuse to see their passions as something they are obligated to perform and just keep them at the side as a form of recreation, and TBH, it makes sense. What pays the bills may be different from what fuels the soul, and that's totally fine.

Your passions in life may change.

As the complex, ever-evolving beings that we are, our interests aren’t limited to just one thing. You may be extremely invested in a certain field at the moment, but you may find yourself less interested in it in the future. It’s also possible for you to pick up new hobbies along the way.

Psychology Today points out that it might be risky to choose one of your passions as a career, only to find out that it doesn’t bring the satisfaction you expected. If you had chosen to devote your professional life to a field and you start to lose interest in it, what happens then? Will you shift careers, too? Or will you endure the dissatisfaction for the sake of keeping a job? Instead, the author of the article suggests to find something you can be passionate about in your current career, even if it isn’t necessarily your main interest.

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What we love isn’t necessarily what we’re good at.

Our love for one thing may not necessarily be on the same level as our skill in it. For instance, you may be overflowing with passion for dancing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re excellent at it. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from actively pursuing it and getting better at it, but it may not be something you essentially have to focus on professionally.

It’s also important to note your job does not necessarily have to be one of your passions in life in order to make it fulfilling. Finding meaning in the work you do can come in many forms. For some, job satisfaction can be derived from being good at executing your tasks, even if they don’t necessarily see the job as one of their passions.

We should keep in mind that the career path we choose must not only serve our personal interests, but also highlight our strengths and improve our weaknesses. Ultimately, it’s up to us if we want to pursue our passions professionally, but we must always remember that it’s okay, too, if we don’t.

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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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