As I said before, I’ve decided I want my life to be different. I know that I may have to work at a job I don’t necessarily want to right now, in order to be able to do what I want to do down the road; what I’m passionate about. Being passionate about what you do in life is important, and unfortunately, more often than not, people don’t go with their passion. In most people’s reality, they don’t follow their bliss. They get a job that they eventually come to hate. One that sucks the life out of them. One that has them dreading to get up in the morning. One that has them staring at the clock on the wall waiting till they can leave. And some people don’t even know what their bliss is. What are you passionate about? If you had enough money to pay your bills for the rest of your life, what would you want to do?
My best friend in grade school had it easy. Her name was Tracey and she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She always wanted to play “school”. Of course, this was after we had just gotten out of real school. And pretending to be in a class, while she taught me how to do things, wasn’t really at the top of my favorite things to do, especially when I had just gotten done with the real thing. But she knew what she wanted to be; heck, she had probably known when she came out of the womb. I have no idea if she actually became a teacher since she moved away in 6th grade. But from kindergarten till when she left, if you asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer was always a teacher.
I, on the other hand, had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I was in grade school I remember wanting to be an artist, a veterinarian, a doctor, a fashion designer, a princess, a reporter, and Wonder Woman. Oddly enough, there just isn’t a call for Wonder Woman these days. And I wasn’t talking about being the actress who played Wonder Woman on tv. I wanted to be the real thing; knee-high boots, arm bands, magic lasso and all the rest. Too bad, I would’ve made one bad ass Wonder Woman!
It wasn’t until I was in 7th or 8th grade when I started writing short stories with a group of friends, that I realized I liked to write and I had a talent for it. I spent many nights, after finishing my homework, writing stories for my friends to read. Of course they were all teen-age romances, mainly centered around the hot popular boy falling for the awkward unpopular girl. (Hmm, I wonder why that was?) Anyway, I liked writing. And I was good at it. I got good grades in English classes, especially whenever we had to write papers. Really, I liked any kind of writing. As long as I was able to say what I wanted to say creatively, I liked it. There was a lot of teen-age angst poetry in the mix too. And I guess my dream job back then would have been to be one of the writers for the soap operas that I liked to watch. Soaps were full of creativity. Even when it didn’t make sense that there was a twin sibling no one knew about running around pretending to be the other twin, or a horrible incurable disease that someone made a miraculous recovery from.
I’m still passionate about writing today. I make time to research or write as often as I can. I currently have 5 novels in the works. And I have notebooks full of ideas for more. If I’m writing and I can’t figure out what should happen next, or I need to do some research before I can go on, then I stop and switch to something else I’m writing. All 5 novels are completely different, so it’s not hard to keep them separated. But the point I’m trying to make, is that I’m passionate about writing.
That is the first step. You have to know what you’re passionate about. Then you have to find a way to do what you love. It sounds so easy doesn’t it, just do what you love. It’s not easy at all; you have to work at it. Most people don’t have the guts to stop hating their job and do something different.
Regardless of what job I hold, I know I will always write. It’s like I have to find a way to get all that creativity out of me or I’ll go insane. All day long, I’m thinking up scenarios, ways for my characters to do the things they need to do to bring the story to a close. I know that one day I will finish my novels. And I know that one day, God willing, they will be published for all the world to see and enjoy. But the life of a novelist isn’t an easy one, and while you are waiting to be published you can’t live on dreams of what will be down the road. You still have to pay your bills and go through life. So you have to find something to do that will let you have the time to write and pay those pesky bills to keep the collectors at bay.
Now that I know what I’m passionate about, I have to find a job that will either let me do some form of writing, or I have to find a job I can tolerate until I’m able to write on a more full-time basis. There are all kinds of writing jobs. I could be a reporter, a freelancer article writer, a copywriter, an editor, a screenwriter. Some of these are more realistic than others, but they are possibilities. Unfortunately, I don’t have the training for any of them. So right now, I’m doing a job that will let me have time to write. It’s a trade off right now, but I have faith in what the future holds for me.
And this is what you have to do also. What are you passionate about? What possible things could you do, so that you can have a job that you are passionate about? It may be something that you can’t do right away. It may be something you need training for. Maybe your passion has to remain a hobby for now. The most important thing is to make a plan, a way to make your passion be what you do, even if it’s down the road.
Take a leap of faith, you’ll never know until you try.