Are you confused by your passion? I know I am. In trying to find the “sweet spot” I realized I don’t have much of a focus. I jump all over the place with my interests. I’ll be so sure my recent “passion” is my purpose in life. Then six weeks later or six months later all of the blood, sweat, and tears I poured into it fizzles.
Is it lack of a support team around me, telling me I am smart and pretty? I’ve got some nice cheerleaders on my side, but honestly, it must be maddening supporting a person wired like me. Truly, who has the ability to sustain matched intensity of emotions equal to mine? … mine that seems to blow this way and that with the wind?
I have been a real trooper holding down a job for a good length of time. Now that I am older (and realize the importance of eating and paying your bills) it is with great respect I watch people that have stuck it out for job security. That is a real achievement. If you’re thinking right now, “I haven’t done anything with my life” dismiss that thought right away. It is the most noble achievement to be responsible and provide for yourself and your family.
I’ve been thinking lately of the fictional character Ron Swanson from the Parks and Rec sitcom. Ron has a secret famed life as an accomplished jazz musician. The irony is amusing, like the rest of the show. I feel like I am Ron in that way. I’ve got my day job going on, and a secret-life side hustle. Ron is satisfied with keeping his moonlighting unknown to his coworkers. I am too.
My point is, you can have it all. You just have to decide what that inner peace will look like. For creative types more than any other group, the juggling between passion and employment will go on. Compromise will keep drifting in. My online observation is that many, many people are in this continuous creative struggle of boosting their sidelines to the front lines.
Not everyone will get their passion pushed forward where you want it to be (man, it kills me typing this). Just take a tour of “one-hit wonders” on Youtube to get a reality check… fame was fleeting and some very talented people moved on to other things.
Us creative types know we are supposed to be doing something with our God-given talents, and we we will hold onto that thought with our last breath. I’m just telling you life will be a whole lot sweeter if you adjust your game plan for a new, flexible one.
Here’s to your (altered) success!