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.


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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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.”

They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted?

I have forgotten when was the last time we shared a smile - the last time when I saw the glow in your eyes and the last time when you whispered an I love you to me. I have forgotten when, but here I am - writing to you again.

I do not know if you will read this or you will just add this one to my proses and poems that you left unread, but you see, I am still hoping. I am mailing the pain of us to the gods out there - hoping they can take the pain away. I should have gotten over you, but instead of forgetting and accepting our ending, I am writing about us in tissue sheets, carving about us on trees, telling about us on the back of my journals, hoping that a thousand or a million write ups about us, can make me forget about what happened.

I am writing, waiting for the point where I can no longer write anymore, for I have none to tell - but when? I have nothing in me anymore, but the memories of us - and no matter how hard I try put those to its own grave, the memories grow back like lilies in the swamp - painful and beautiful at the same time.

No matter how hard I try to silence those and put it at the back of my mind, those ring back, playing like the favorite song we used to listen. They say heartbreaks turn into poetry and that is what happening to us - but poetry should be dulcet and dreamy, why does ours sound like pain and agony? They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted? Darling, I guess not.

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